This is one of THE best descriptions of PTSD I have ever seen/heard!! This explains why so many (vets especially) seem to take years to realize they have an issue. I will use this analogy often! The one other thing I've been told that helps me quite a bit is quite simple. Soldiers get wound VERY tight in tough situations. Some just don't unwind easily and respond to situations from that tightly wound up state. Getting help to unwind is necessary. I've gone 18 years and just now beginning my journey with VA to get the help I need. Between comparing our traumas to other soldiers, plain out soldiering on, or just not believing it's possible to have a "problem" we just ignore it. I've found my symptoms are getting worse from ignoring it and it's time to start doing what I can to control those symptoms again. It's great you're here and even better that you're taking some steps to get some help.