Some thoughts on PTSD and those that suffer from it
This is not a scientific post, not by any means, it is some of MY thoughts and concerns about PTSD and those that suffer from it. First, for those that don’t know or only have a partial idea about PTSD, let me present this from NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness: What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror. PTSD can result from personally experienced traumas (e.g., rape, war, natural disasters, abuse, serious accidents, and captivity) or from the witnessing or learning of a violent or tragic event.
While it is common to experience a brief state of anxiety or depression after such occurrences, people with PTSD continually re-experience the traumatic event; avoid individuals, thoughts, or situations associated with the event; and have symptoms of excessive emotions. People with this disorder have these symptoms for longer than one month and cannot function as well as they did before the traumatic event. PTSD symptoms usually appear within three months of the traumatic experience; however, they sometimes occur months or even years later.
I personally know some folks that suffer from PTSD, friends and family, and you may not know it, but you know some of those folks too.
I guess I am lucky, I have never had a serious PTSD event, and I have been involved in several traumatic experiences over the years. Continue reading