But whatever it was, the sound caused Omri to jump in his seat and tremble.
It was clear from our very first date that my boyfriend Omri probably has post-traumatic stress disorder. I'm not sure what the sound was — a car backfiring, a cat knocking over trash can, a wedding party firing celebratory shots into the air.
I later learned that Omri served as a sergeant major during the , a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation that led to intensified Israeli-Palestinian violence from 2000 to 2005.
"Every day, we started cursing at two, shooting rubber bullets by four, and live ammunition by six," he said.
The first time he shot a man dead, Omri told me, he cried.
To be clear, my boyfriend was never formally diagnosed with PTSD, which is the case for most military men I know: They've never sought professional help or a formal diagnosis, even though they report experiencing symptoms that are similar to , such as panic attacks, flashbacks and difficulty relating to loved ones. military "pressured psychologists not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to free the Army from providing long-term, expensive care for soldiers."Yet PTSD is fairly common in both military and civilian populations. "It happens automatically, especially in uncomfortable situations.