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Hello. My name is Michael Becker and I served with 2 PPCLI and did an extended tour in Afghanistan (2008). I wont go into what I want to discuss here because this isn't the place but I'm looking for guidance on what part of this site I could discuss possible PTSD. Its been 7 years since my tour and I'm not sure why so many years later I'm really becoming bothered. I'm looking for others to discuss an issue with in an open forum but not sure where to post it. thank you for your time.
 

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mbecks said:
I'm looking for others to discuss an issue with in an open forum but not sure where to post it.

You could post in the Mental Health forum,
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/board,79.0.html
 

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hi. My name is Michael Becker, I served 5 years with 2 PPCLI and did an 8 month tour in Afghanistan (2008). I was the escort for fallen soldier Garrett Chidley meaning I brought his body back to his parents when he was killed on our tour along with 4 others. He was my roommate and good friend at the time. After my duty of getting him buried was done I returned to Afghanistan to finish my tour. For some reason 7 years after the tour I'm really struggling mentally. I'm not sure why so long after I'm home it's starting to kick in. I'm finding my self constantly thinking about Chidley. Mcpl. William Elliot who was my sections 2nd in command who committed suicide not so long ago and Afghanistan. I constantly miss war now. I told a friend that and he said that is really strange. I thought maybe he was right so I started googling it and found its not to uncommon. I found this video which I feel sums up a lot of the issue I'm having now. please watch the video and tell me how you deal with these feelings because I don't know how to.

the video is a ted talk called 'why soldiers miss war'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGZMSmcuiXM
 

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mbecks said:
Hello. My name is Michael Becker and I served with 2 PPCLI and did an extended tour in Afghanistan (2008). I wont go into what I want to discuss here because this isn't the place but I'm looking for guidance on what part of this site I could discuss possible PTSD. Its been 7 years since my tour and I'm not sure why so many years later I'm really becoming bothered. I'm looking for others to discuss an issue with in an open forum but not sure where to post it. thank you for your time.
Michael, my suggestion is to seek appropriate professional help to address what is bothering you. If you have a family physician that would be a recommended starting point. An open forum such as this is not an appropriate form of therapy. If you think you might have PTSD, don't wait any longer - please get professional assessment and assistance.
 

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Michael - ArmyDoc is correct - if you are still serving, then report to the nearest clinic for assessment and help.  If you've released, or a Class A Reservists who doesn't live near a CAF clinic, then I would suggest seeing a Family Physician. 

You can also contact the nearest IPSC for non-clinical assistance as well.  Then there is always OSISS - Operational Stress Injury Social Support. They are a peer support group for people with OSI/PTSD.  I go to OSISS meetings every other week, and I can vouch that it is very helpful.  Their website is https://www.osiss.ca/ and you can find contact numbers there.

It's not uncommon to miss the feeling of being on tour - I'd give anything to go back - your life takes on a very singular and linear purpose. It's almost easier there.

If you need any info at all, I work for DCSM/JPSU, and can help link you to the nearest resources if needs be.  I can be reached at: Paul.barnshaw@forces.gc.ca or at work 613-995-5085.
 

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Took me almost 10 years after my dad retired to get him to OSISS. I had to make him an appointment myself. They plugged him into VAC, who immediately scheduled doctor visits. 2 years into treatment, he feels better everyday. This stuff works, get yourself to a professional.
 
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