Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems.
The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.
A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq.
After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll.
Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital.
He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.
Luis Carlos Montalvan has a special friend and that special friend is his dog named Tuesday. Tuesday is Luis's guide dog to help him around with his daily routine in his life and helping him around.
Tuesday also helps him to forget his PTSD by going to him to make Luis "snap" out of a flash back or is having a nightmare. Tuesday was trained for it and it is just that Tuesday cares for him now.
Before Tuesday came into his life, Luis was an alcoholic and unsociable. He didn't like to talk to people or go to gatherings or even spend time or call his parents even when he need help.
Luis and Tuesday have something really special together. When Tuesday stayed with him they use to practice commands all the time.
“That's the moment when Tuesday, after all his caution, stopped being just my service dog, and my emotional support, and my conversation piece. That's when he became my friend.”
That may seem boring to us but, Tuesday and Luis were having a wonderful time together. They were so connected, so interlocked with each other that it didn't matter on what task they did.
“It's not just his understanding of me, although that's part of it. With a word, Tuesday can guide me to dozens of places. He can be my surrogate or a mirror to my heart.”
They always did it together even through the toughest times like for example, Tuesday fighting off the pit bull to protect Luis and the all the times Luis argues to let Tuesday into stores.
“Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it.
Luis's and Tuesday's love for each other will never die.
Living with PTSD is a challenge and epically if you don't get help. Luis didn't get help at first but once he seemed for help he found a treasure that he would never let go of.
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