Physical Wounds Vs Emotional

We see Veterans of war, some have bandages around their faces, lost limbs, in wheelchairs, on crutches, and many other remnants of War. However, they and billions of other people have emotional wounds, lacerations, and they cannot be seen. People who are raped, lose their child, have depression, were abused sexually or emotionally, have Bipolar, and the list goes on are seen differently because their wounds cannot be seen with the human eye. I myself have many internal scars and wounds. The difference between scars and wounds are wounds have not healed while scars are indicators the wound has healed. When people are wounded internally, and we all are, just varying degrees and severity based on many factors, these wounds can become infected and spread to various areas of a person’s life.

We call people in the armed Forces who have fought in wars Veterans or Heroes, well deserved. However, I postulate that I am a Hero, I am a Veteran of an internal war of being traumatized for twenty plus years mentally, emotionally, and physically. The clients I see are Heroes and Veterans of the War that is in the Mind. People who have mental health diagnoses and issues are warriors and are fighting for their lives or quality of life. Sadly, they are seen as less than others who have physical wounds because the wound we have are unseen; however, the symptoms of the wounds and diagnoses are seen in their lives daily. Panic attacks, emotional dysregulation, intrusive thoughts, infected relationships, dysfunction in almost every area of their lives. Veterans often who have physical wounds also have deep internal wounds and have a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder, which I also have, is a debilitating disease and leads to homicide, suicide, addictions, and is a disability according the ADA. Military Veterans with PTSD compared to Veterans with physical wounds are seen quite differently and perceived by people in many negative ways which compounds the internal war of the mind they are still fighting.

Humans rely on their vision to perceive the world but mental illness is not nearly as visible as physical wounds. The term “people are sheep” comes to mind. “If I can’t see it with my own eyes then it doesn’t exist”. I have heard this in relation to God but also psychiatry and psychology. This is ignorance to be blunt but I am also blind to things seen and unseen. Scientifically speaking what is seen is a glimmer to what is not seen by the human eyes. This scares humans as we want to be in control and know what is going on. The only thing we are in control of is how we handle what happens to us. The next time you hear someone say I have Depression and PTSD, you might pause and think they are fighting a war that cannot be seen. Speaking for myself, this war in the mind requires support, tools, weapons, strategy, compassion, resources just as physcial wounds do. If you are reading this and have an internal war going on inside, emotional wounds from years ago and feel ashamed because “no one understands”. Take heart, and know you are a Hero, a Warrior, and “where there is one there are many”. There are millions of Heroes like you and me fighting everyday. The number one resource I use is prayer, which is proven to help in any medical condition. Every condition discussed is a psychiatric condition which is medical. This is not to dismiss physical wounds by any means but to show heroes are not just the men and women who shoot guns in other countries but those who daily fight an unseen war in their minds and hearts daily and might not have any weapons to fight back.

We call people in the armed Forces who have fought in wars Veterans or Heroes, well deserved. However, I postulate that I am a Hero, I am a Veteran of an internal war of being traumatized for twenty plus years mentally, emotionally, and physically. The clients I see are Heroes and Veterans of the War that is in the Mind. People who have mental health diagnoses and issues are warriors and are fighting for their lives or quality of life. Sadly, they are seen as less than others who have physical wounds because the wound we have are unseen; however, the symptoms of the wounds and diagnoses are seen in their lives daily. Panic attacks, emotional dysregulation, intrusive thoughts, infected relationships, dysfunction in almost every area of their lives. Veterans often who have physical wounds also have deep internal wounds and have a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder, which I also have, is a debilitating disease and leads to homicide, suicide, addictions, and is a disability according the ADA. Military Veterans with PTSD compared to Veterans with physical wounds are seen quite differently and perceived by people in many negative ways which compounds the internal war of the mind they are still fighting.

Humans rely on their vision to perceive the world but mental illness is not nearly as visible as physical wounds. The term “people are sheep” comes to mind. “If I can’t see it with my own eyes then it doesn’t exist”. I have heard this in relation to God but also psychiatry and psychology. This is ignorance to be blunt but I am also blind to things seen and unseen. Scientifically speaking what is seen is a glimmer to what is not seen by the human eyes. This scares humans as we want to be in control and know what is going on. The only thing we are in control of is how we handle what happens to us. The next time you hear someone say I have Depression and PTSD, you might pause and think they are fighting a war that cannot be seen. Speaking for myself, this war in the mind requires support, tools, weapons, strategy, compassion, resources just as physcial wounds do. If you are reading this and have an internal war going on inside, emotional wounds from years ago and feel ashamed because “no one understands”. Take heart, and know you are a Hero, a Warrior, and “where there is one there are many”. There are millions of Heroes like you and me fighting everyday. The number one resource I use is prayer, which is proven to help in any medical condition. Every condition discussed is a psychiatric condition which is medical. This is not to dismiss physical wounds by any means but to show heroes are not just the men and women who shoot guns in other countries but those who daily fight an unseen war in their minds and hearts daily and might not have any weapons to fight back.

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