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I twitch and jerk a lot in my sleep since my deployment. Is this a form of ptsd or sleeping disorder ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Adaptive behavior

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Remember that being able to wake at a seconds notice helps to keep a soldier or marine alive in combat. It is highly adaptive. It may take a number of months in conus for this to diminish. If you find that as the next six months role on that you are hypervigilant, avoidant of people, places & things due to deployment & reliving often- then seek help.

In brief: Adaptive behavior

Thank you for your service to our country.
Remember that being able to wake at a seconds notice helps to keep a soldier or marine alive in combat. It is highly adaptive. It may take a number of months in conus for this to diminish. If you find that as the next six months role on that you are hypervigilant, avoidant of people, places & things due to deployment & reliving often- then seek help.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

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The stress of deployment can last for months. Some recent studies by the military show that the body doesn't return to normal for up to 18 months after returning from combat. So twitching and jerking is probably okay, as long as it doesn't affect sleep or daily routine. If you have nightmares you should see a doctor as there are effective treatments for this.

In brief: Maybe

Thank you for your service.
The stress of deployment can last for months. Some recent studies by the military show that the body doesn't return to normal for up to 18 months after returning from combat. So twitching and jerking is probably okay, as long as it doesn't affect sleep or daily routine. If you have nightmares you should see a doctor as there are effective treatments for this.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sign of stress

Stress tends to give restless sleep as you don't seem to have other ptsd symptoms.
Work on relaxation and try other ways to work on issues bothering. Individual and group psychotherapy will help.

In brief: Sign of stress

Stress tends to give restless sleep as you don't seem to have other ptsd symptoms.
Work on relaxation and try other ways to work on issues bothering. Individual and group psychotherapy will help.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Dr. Mohammed Younus
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