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Coping with Flashbacks

Army photo by Staff Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine

Some service members with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have flashbacks that can limit their quality of life. The Real Warriors campaign shares tools and valuable information for dealing with this particular hurdle of PTSD:

Flashbacks happen when you feel like you are reliving a traumatic experience or memory. They can occur day or night, and can occur recently or even years after the event. You may remember the entire event or only details such as sounds and smells.

Flashbacks can occur in veterans who have experienced a traumatic event. While not always, flashbacks are often a symptom of PTSD. They can occur as a result of combat, a training accident, sexual trauma or other traumatic events. If you are having flashbacks, know you are not alone. Help is available.

Read the full Real Warriors blog and learn how to cope with flashbacks.

Comments (5)

  • Hello!
    Great article.

    How would it look to work with someone presenting PTS or other repetitive behaviors for just 3 hours and end their flashbacks, nightmares, and panic attacks permanently?

    We are doing just that without counseling or therapy and no office visits with consistent results with combat/non-combat Vets and their families as well as others in 12 countries right now.

    I would like to invite you to have a conversation around arranging a formal discussion and presentation of Repetitive Behavior Cellular Regression™ (CR). CR is an online non-medical Q&A tool for finding and stopping the driver behind the panic attacks and nightmares, etc.

    Thank you.

    • Thank you for this information, Terry. We will share it with our subject matter experts.

  • It's been nearly 47 years since I left Viet Nam and I still get flash backs and/or intrusive thoughts of Viet Nam. It does not help that on the day before I was Med Evaced a 122 rocket hit behind a friend I was talking with the day before my ME. That rocket blew parts through him and entered my arm, not to mention tossed me a good 20' away from the blast. I was already to get on the Med Evac flight the next day and already checked out and had all my paperwork. This was never entered into the record and neither was the metal that came out when the abscess burst. I was already being Evaced out do to being involved in far worst situations as an 18 year old Marine. I didn't think I was being effected in any way at the time by PTSD and didn't until 19 years later after being injured as a Fire Captain and having problems dealing with what is normal duty day. I still struggle daily with PTSD, made even worst by other ailments that limit what I can do on any given day. All I can do is fight, however with age sneaking up on me now. The days are longer and the pain is stronger but I still take on projects I know will hurt me but also make it easier for me to cope.

    • Barry, thank you for sharing your story with us. It's not easy to share about PTSD, and we honor your courage. Please know that there are treatments that work for PTSD so that everyday doesn't have to be a struggle. You can learn about treatment options at If you'd like resources in your area, please contact the DCoE Outreach Center at 866-966-1020. Professional resource consultants are available 24/7 to answer your call.


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