I was not in the military, but I have learned in the last year or so that my struggles are very similar to those who did serve. This article tells my story almost exactly. The biggest difference is I left the fire service before being diagnosed – several years before in fact – although I was already struggling. In hind sight, I was in pretty bad shape by the time I got out. Getting out of the environment helped a little. For a while.
Sometimes I wonder if I would have been able to continue had I recognized the problem before I left. But, like the people in the story, I truly believe that by the time I made the decision to leave, it was the only option. It was already too late. Maybe if I had been very pro-active early in my career, I could have stayed ahead of it and “survived”. But who thinks like that when they are young and addicted to adrenaline?