How is being trapped in a mine for over a month like working as a restaurant manager for 30 years? Answer: They both might lead to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. ( PTST)
I was diagnosed with PTST when I started having panic attacks while driving to work. I was working at the Six Flags Wendy’s and to say the least it was very stressful. We would go from not having any customers to getting six busses with a hundred people on them at any tine.
Plus there was a lot of vandalism to our bathrooms and fights breaking out in the dining g room. One time I remember a truck crashing into our dining room. A pregnant lady went into labor after the truck almost hit her.
The psychologist that I went to said that all that stress had been building up in me for a long time and was now showing itself as PTSD. After finding out what was causing my symptoms and a few Cognitive Therapy Sessions, I was able to get rid of my panic attacks and start functioning normally gain.
But for the Chilean minors that were finally rescued after being trapped in that mine for such a long time they may face a lot of psychological adjustment to become mentally well again.
Post Traumatic Stress syndrome used to be called shell shock after so many
GI’s were diagnosed with it after World War II. It is a common complaint with soldiers after they have spent time in the battlefield and seen war’s atrocities.
According to CNN: “It is only human nature to be concerned about the psychological welfare of the 33 miners who are expected to emerge from their prolonged stay underground.”
One thing is for certain: It will change the miner’s lives forever and some will experience the after effects more than others. But unlike other events that produce PTSD they had had contact with the outside world and some therapy while they were trapped and that should make their re-entry into the normal world easier than others who have been in a stressful situation.
The Vietnam War vets for example, returned home with very limited support and because of the anti-war movement some of them were even spit on after serving their country.
A couple of the side effects may be claustrophobia and continued conflicts with the miners that they were trapped with. But one soccer player who survived months of isolation after his plane crashed in the Andes sent them a very positive message that they will rediscover the joys of being alive.