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Hi everyone, I'm a Marine Corporal (2002-2006) with a service connected rating of 60%. I've never been a big fan of going to the doctor, and made the mistake of not going for 2 years until everything that I was rated for began not only getting worse, but making me know it constantly.

When in the prescreen for the Dr., the nurse asked me a bunch of questions that I didn't know were related to PTSD until she told me I showed the symptoms and asked me if I'd like to see someone. Initially I decided against seeing a psych, but reconsidered after I admitted to myself that I can't pull myself out of the rut this time. I never doubted PTSD as a real condition. I just thought it only happened to other vets and what was going on with me (irritability, mood swings, and lack of emotion to those close to me to name a few off of the laundry list) was just the jerk I was.

I start this Thursday. Any advice that anyone has on what to expect from the first visit would be much appreciated. I go in to most events on the defensive, weddings, class, family parties, etc. and shut down. It's only worse when I feel like my going on guard is justified.

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Hi everyone, I'm a Marine Corporal (2002-2006) with a service connected rating of 60%. I've never been a big fan of going to the doctor, and made the mistake of not going for 2 years until everything that I was rated for began not only getting worse, but making me know it constantly.

When in the prescreen for the Dr., the nurse asked me a bunch of questions that I didn't know were related to PTSD until she told me I showed the symptoms and asked me if I'd like to see someone. Initially I decided against seeing a psych, but reconsidered after I admitted to myself that I can't pull myself out of the rut this time. I never doubted PTSD as a real condition. I just thought it only happened to other vets and what was going on with me (irritability, mood swings, and lack of emotion to those close to me to name a few off of the laundry list) was just the jerk I was.

I start this Thursday. Any advice that anyone has on what to expect from the first visit would be much appreciated. I go in to most events on the defensive, weddings, class, family parties, etc. and shut down. It's only worse when I feel like my going on guard is justified.

Welcome Home Marine. It's good to have you aboard. Good luck on Thursday.

My advice is to keep the appointment and check it out for yourself. Please let us know how things go. Hang in there. I like your topic title.

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Squints,

Welcome home and you made a smart choice seeking help. I was in the same boat as you in regards to PTSD. I was making my wife and kid's lives a living hell. Your first few visits will be a familiarization with the group or individual talking with you, and more than likely it will be several visits before you actually talk about your experiences in Iraq. Take care and good luck.

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