A FORMER Scots soldier has told how his new rescue dog helped him cope with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Barry Seymour, from North Ayrshire, was left traumatised after his battalion was targeted with an explosive device which failed to go off.
In the months that followed, Barry had recurring nightmares surrounding the incident as well as traumatic flashbacks, and became unable to cope mentally with what had happened.
The 35-year-old said: “Although the device never went off, my mind was unable to escape the fact that I could have died. The flashbacks and nightmares became so intrusive, that I really struggled to cope and had to leave the military.
“I was offered counselling for PTSD but at that time I don’t think I was ready to begin dealing with everything that had happened. For a while I was really lost and struggled to cope.
“On top of this, my dad sadly passed away and the grief caused me to become depressed. Thankfully my family has been a strong support network . I also started counselling and began building my life again.”