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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #48)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 06:09 AM

49. The startle response is part of PTSD

He doesn't tolerate sudden noise disturbances very well when he is deeply relaxed or sleeping. He has adapted by leaving the television on all night and maintaining a loud environment in his home. When the noise is continuous he isn't startled. But when he is by chance startled he reverts back to a behavior from his military training and combat experience.

It is a terrible adjustment to have to rectify common belief system that includes not killing people with a necessary behavior. To revel in it is very different from adapting to the circumstances.

I think attributing behavior to adrenaline is a very simplistic justification. People can have a lot of energy and still understand the gravity of what has happened.

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