Combat Veteran Finds Positive Path Out Of PTSD And Early Childhood Trauma

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Combat Veteran Finds Positive Path Out Of PTSD And Early Childhood Trauma
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Clinton Dye is a four-tour Marine Corps combat veteran who struggled with PTSD from not only his deployments but also his early childhood. He was present when his mother shot his father in a drunken rage, which is one of many traumas he had to deal with growing up. He struggled to avoid the lure of drugs, alcohol, and crime, which were all common in his environment. He believes that his early childhood trauma helped him function better than many of his colleagues who suffered from PTSD and took their own lives. The hardships he experienced during his childhood helped him to cope with the intense stress of combat. He could handle the long hours, limited resources, and lack of outlets due to the hardening he had experienced early on. By having a strong foundation from his childhood, he was better able to handle the stress of the military. While he could push through it at the time, the trauma he experienced in the military later caught up to him, and he had to work to manage those traumas. He began using alcohol and other substances to cope with his stress but quickly realized it was an unhealthy coping mechanism. He finally realized that something needed to change and began to work on managing his emotions and traumas in a healthier way. In this episode, we’ll talk about how Clinton believes everyone can work towards a better life and what he’s doing now to help others in the same situation he was in not too long ago.

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