mental health

Post traumatic stress disorder – Awareness monthly

Warning – If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder you might find this post a trigger.

This weeks post is based on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because this month (June) is post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month. So I thought I would highlight some information about it, it is one mental health illness which isn’t widely known about or many people talk about. It is talked about more now in the era we are in but not as much as it should be.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder but it is not a generalised anxiety disorder, this anxiety disorder is normally caused by a very stressful time or situation which can be distressing and frightening. When an individual suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder they relive the specific event or situations over and over in their head which can be through nightmares or flashbacks this can cause the individual to feel isolated.

What causes post-traumatic stress disorder?

There are several different causes of post-traumatic stress disorder, each different individual can be triggered by something different, not one situation is the same for each individual suffering from a post-traumatic disorder. I’m going to highlight a few cases of post-traumatic stress disorder but these are definitely not all just a few examples –

⁃ car crash

⁃ War

⁃ Health problems

⁃ Assault

⁃ Death

⁃ childbirth

⁃ Traumatic experience

When an individual suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder it can come on in someone’s life either immediately after the specific event or it might occur weeks months years later, it is just different for each individual and the event which caused the PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD –

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder differ for each individual as the event in which they suffer from PTSD will be different for each individual. The symptoms in which individuals suffer when suffering from PTSD can impact individuals day to day life and can have a huge impact on it. One of the main symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder is re-experiencing the event several times in which the individual can vividly re-picture the time when the event occurred. When an individual re-experiences they can have –

⁃ flashbacks

⁃ Nightmares

⁃ Distressing images

⁃ Physical symptoms eg.sweating, trembling

⁃ Negative thoughts

Another symptom of PTSD is an avoidance of the specific traumatic event in which occurred when this happens the individual will try and avoid the specific memories, avoid talking about it and visiting the place or places which remind them of it. Some people will try to emotionally numb the traumatic event by not dealing with the actual feelings they feel, which will make the individual very withdrawn and isolated from society.

I hope this post helps you to understand what post-traumatic stress disorder is and how it might affect an individual life. You might not know that an individual is suffering from PTSD so just be respectful that someone might be suffering in silence.

If you would like to find out more about post-traumatic stress disorder, then you can find out more here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/

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36 thoughts on “Post traumatic stress disorder – Awareness monthly

  1. Thank you for raising awareness of PTSD. I have experienced flashbacks and nightmares since March 2018 due to my experience in ICU and being critically ill. Its horrible.e and I often feel alone when people just say ” you’re fine now” when I open up about them, saying that…doesn’t help at all.

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  2. This is a fantastic topic, PTSD is so often forgotten about among mental illnesses. You don’t have to be involved in war or an explosion to suffer PTSD, it can be from so many different things. Trauma is different for every person, and how they react to that is also very different.

    Thank you for writing such an informative post!

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  3. It’s definitely an underestimated disorder. I think a lot of people still associate it as something only soldiers experience and only they are entitled to. It couldn’t be further for the truth. Thank you for breaking this stereotype down.

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  4. I am so glad you were able to put this so easily to read and understand, I myself have PTSD and didn’t even know what this was until my therapist told me about it, great read!

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  5. There is nothing wrong with writing a post about awareness. It does not show that at all, it shows that this woman cares enough to raise awareness so other people don’t feel alone. She has not treated anyone about textbook just because she hasnt gone through it herself. She at least did research on the subject and not just going by anything. How about if you don’t like something then click off it.

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    1. Well considering the fact that you are the only one complaining about the post then to me your opinion is invalid. just cause you don’t like it doesn’t mean it doesn’t help other people. you clearly just like bringing people down which is pathetic. of course people have freedom of speech which i understand but it also matters how you use that speech and how it affects people. why would i have it taken down?? then everyone won’t be able to see what troll you are.

      thanks. goodbye

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      1. It’s funny how you think you are affecting me, fair enough some people like that, I will accept that but to other people its finding out what that is. not everyone is comfortable sharing things. yes this woman hasn’t had a personal experience but there may be some people who makes this post that have experiences which they may not want to share with the world. no it’s not it shows that i am ok with the blog nothing to do with personal experience. well perhaps they are not ready to share it?? fair enough if other people like it , oh you are very welcome. yeah maybe they can. and you do that but understand that i will leave my thoughts. i just don’t share what happens here all over my twitter. bye byee!!!

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      2. yeah because you don’t let other people comment negativity on your blog yet you are doing it to others how the hell is that fair!! I’m sick of you and your face so I’m leaving you to your nasty ways. GOODBYEEEE

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      3. I’m ending this now, I wrote one blog post like this and I’m getting this much hate and it’s killing me and you don’t seem to care if you hurt someone’s feelings ! I have wrote in the past about personal experiences and I acknowledge what you are saying but I don’t know how much more this needs to go on for. You’ve voiced your opinion and that’s fine I accept that but this is getting way to much for me now.

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      4. I’m ending this now, I wrote one blog post like this and I’m getting this much hate and it’s killing me and you don’t seem to care if you hurt someone’s feelings ! I have wrote in the past about personal experiences and I acknowledge what you are saying but I don’t know how much more this needs to go on for. You’ve voiced your opinion and that’s fine I accept that but this is getting way to much for me now.

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      5. I’m not going to keep going round in circles with this, I’m not looking for this to go on any more. At the end of the day you have chosen to comment on my post in which I have acknowledged, and I have said this. I’m sorry that you didn’t like this post you don’t have to read my posts in the future.

        My name on here is ‘timetotalk’ yes, I do talk about other things and have wrote about my personal experiences before in other posts .

        I am interacting with my readers, you don’t even know me you have never really interacted with me on twitter or on my blog posts.

        I interact with my readers more than you would know.

        This doesn’t need to go on any longer because it’s becoming pathetic and childish, so let’s just leave it. You don’t need to follow me or comment on my posts or write blog posts about me. You obviously don’t like what I write so just leave it alone.

        Hope everyone has a good weekend !!

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      6. Right ok who the hell do you think you are, you don’t let other people leave comments on your blog post because you don’t want negativity and yet you are more than happy to do that to someone else!!!

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