This disorder like any is a daily struggle, haunted by a past not that you cannot let go of but which feels like it wont let go of you. The anxiety ‘fight or flight’ feeling coming into play so often daily tasks become hard as well as sleeping. Scared of the world, of people, or maybe even of yourself.
Those who suffer from PTSD like many possibly have a front to cope with the world, but deep down they’re battling what can feel like an impossible war against their minds and at times their bodies.
Talking about these things or past events that haunt others can be extremely difficult, feelings of embarrassment, rejection or denial may stop people from feeling comfortable to speak out, to reach out for help, that deep down may know they desperately need.
This is another reason I will keep reiterating that we NEED to create an environment, a society, a health care system that takes mental health seriously and makes it an approachable subject. As though its an illness that you can’t see as physically life threatening, mentally individuals are mentally fighting for their lives on a daily basis.
Let’s stop the stigma!
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
Causes of PTSD
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
- serious road accidents
- violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
- prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
- witnessing violent deaths
- military combat
- being held hostage
- terrorist attacks
- natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others don’t.
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Another poem I have written…
Rip me from the ground
Drag me from my roots.
I could not dig right down,
I could not find the goods.
Starve me if you must,
But quench each drop of thirst.
For the question still remains unasked
and the answer lays deep within the dirt.