Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster. People with PTSD can relive the traumatic event through intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares and avoid anything that reminds them of the event. This causes decreased social functioning associated with anxious feelings that are so intense they are disruptive. When you are in the military you may see combat or see life-threatening events. These types of experiences can lead to PTSD. Other factors contributed to PTSD is Military Sexual Trauma. This is defined as any sexual harassment or sexual assault that occurs when you are in the military.
MST can affect both men and women. Victims of MST are at greatly increased risk of psychological problems characterized by social withdrawal (e.g., depression, substance abuse, & post-traumatic stress disorder), and research indicates that these social withdrawal problems and impairments in social and vocational functioning go on for years after an assault. Veterans On Deck's MST/PTSD track provides mastery & empowerment opportunities through weekly sailing groups. These group events are specifically designed to counteract social withdrawal common in MST/PTSD victims. These experiences will include teambuilding, mastery, and empowerment training during sometimes challenging conditions found on sailing vessels.