PTSD Recovery: The cycle of breaks and repair

Mar 10, 17 PTSD Recovery: The cycle of breaks and repair
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PTSD Recovery: The cycle of breaks and repair

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event” (NIMH, 2017). But there’s more. PTSD is not limited to long-term trauma. Sudden trauma such as death, separation, or witnessing a horrific act of violence can also cause PTSD. For example, a child witnessing the violent death of a friend by a mutual “friend” can cause the condition. PTSD recovery is cyclical with periods of normality which are impacted by periods of “re-experiencing” the trauma in the form of nightmares or flashbacks. In a conversation with a friend who is a former soldier and diagnosed with PTSD, he describes how there are many times when he feels like himself as he sees himself: a strong protector of his country. Then, there are other times when he struggles to overcome deep depression, fatigue, tremendous self-doubt, despair, and horrific memories. The “broken” periods have impacted his ability to maintain employment, however, during moments of “repair” he reaches out and shares his experiences to raise awareness and provide support to others.

For more information about PTSD visit the NIMH website https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

 

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