This is personal and painful, but not as personal or painful as trauma.
"Given that we are having more and more compensation seeking veterans, I'd like to suggest that you refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out.
Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder, R/O PTSD." "Also, there have been some incidence where the veteran has a C & P, is not given a diagnosis of PTSD, then the veteran comes here and we give the diagnosis and the veteran appeals his case based on our assessment." Sounds awful, doesn't it?
Nightmare recreations are common, and even hallucinations of trauma related events can occur.
The threshold for recall of trauma memories is very, very low, making it quite inevitable that they will be triggered to reoccur at the smallest provocation.
Think of times in your life when you've experienced a sudden, overwhelming loss, such as at the death of a close friend or family member; one you've depended on deeply.
People's reactions to such an event tend to be polarized and intense.
The Nature of PTSD PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It is a disorder that can occur after (post) someone has been exposed to trauma which has caused intense stress.
This combination of intensity and expectation violation causes the trauma experience to become indelibly written into the trauma victim's memory, such that it becomes impossible for the person to stop thinking about that experience without resorting to heroic and often self-destructive methods.
The major symptoms of PTSD mostly are a reaction to the "burned in" and intense quality of trauma memory.
Substitute a trauma experience (or more than one) for a grief-triggering loss and you have PTSD.