Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder; triggered after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The events are commonly connected to accidents or abuse. A common illness that may last several months or years; it may start from a month after the event.

The symptoms include panic attacks, eating disorders, flashbacks and nightmares. They are often referred to as ‘traumatic triggers’. A person suffering from PTSD may experience dizziness, nausea, difficulty in breathing and trouble concentrating. If left untreated, it has a high chance of turning into depression making it difficult for the person to do daily tasks.

If you have a friend suffering with PTSD, don’t pressure them into talking. They feel vulnerable that leads to anger and irritability. Be patient and rebuild trust. Emphasize their strengths. Give them space and try to remain calm. When you feel like they are ready, talk to them about the triggers and try to be a good listener.

Recently the British Psychological Society said that the country’s National Health Service Staff, on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, are at a high risk of developing anxiety and PTSD; referring to a “future mental health crisis”.

In these tough times it is extremely important to stay sane. If you feel like your anxiety is building up it is alright to talk to someone about it. There are people out there to help; it is up to you to give them a chance.

“Mental illness is not a personal failure”

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  1. PTSD USED TO BE only commonly associated with war (at least when I was young) but now, as you said it is a common illness and recognized as so. I had a friend say that she had been diagnosed with it and again because at one point it was only attributed to soldiers another friend said, “What? Why?” And she felt so bad when the answer was, “My son died, my house burned down, and I have leukemia.” Well . . . if those aren’t some traumas! Whew!

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    1. I agree. Many people are still unaware of these problems. Going through such traumas is hard enough and people questioning about your condition isn’t helpful in any manner. I truly hope your friend is alright now!

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      1. 🙂 Well, her son is still dead, the burned down house issues still come up because she lost so much, and she is always having to be concerned about her “numbers” . . . but, yeah, if you saw her you wouldn’t know all that. She is amazing!

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  2. Please feel encouraged to check out my recent blog post regarding PTSD awareness day (today, June 27th) or just the overall PTSD awareness month of June! Thank you❤️

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