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🩵 What is PTSD?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in those who have been exposed to a traumatic event or set of circumstances. They may experience this as emotionally/physically harmful or life-threatening and may affect mental, physical, social, and/or spiritual well-being.

🩵 How does it work?

PTSD is a stress and trauma related disorder that manifests when exposed to stressful or traumatic situations that then later affect their present moment. At these moments, as if they are re-living the past. For example, someone who was raped may experience flashbacks and/or nightmares. When these things happen, the person feels all the same emotions they felt during the traumatic event. PTSD looks different for everyone depending on the level of stress and traumatic exposure.

🩵 What are the symptoms associated to PTSD?

Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into 4 categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.

One may have uncontrollable memories and thoughts about the terrifying event. They may avoid people or places that remind them of the event. Such symptoms often affect their mood and ability to cope with negative thoughts and stressful situations. Those inflicted will see life through a lens of personal trauma which can greatly impact their social interactions and relationships.

🩵 How can you help yourself/loved ones who (may) suffer from PTSD?

If you feel that you or your loved one are suffering from similar symptoms, you can get help by reaching out to a mental health provider in your area. If your symptoms ever contribute to feelings or thoughts of hopelessness, please reach out to the Crisis Line at 808-832-3100. There are also other ways to cope with PTSD, and you can find more helpful tips and resources at…/post-traumatic-stress…

If you suffer from PTSD, you do not have to live this way forever and healing IS possible.