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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Often it isn’t the initiating trauma that creates seemingly insurmountable pain, but the lack of support after.” – S. Kelley Harrell
The psychological distress symptoms of traumatized people simultaneously call attention to the existence of an unspeakable secret and deflect attention from it. This is most apparent in the way traumatized people alternate between feeling numb and reliving the event. The dialectic of trauma gives rise to complicated, sometimes uncanny alterations of consciousness, which George Orwell, one of the committed truth-tellers of our century, called “doublethink,” and which mental health professionals, searching for calm, precise language, call “dissociation.” It results in protean, dramatic, and often bizarre symptoms of hysteria which Freud recognized a century ago as disguised communications about sexual abuse in childhood. . . .”
― Judith Lewis HermanTrauma and Recovery

What is PTSD?

PTSD is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder caused when a person is exposed to a traumatic situations or shock like extreme stress, terrorism, rape, fight and other physical or mental stress.

The experience causes that person to feel intense fear, horror, or a sense of helplessness. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD, but many people do.

​The stress caused by trauma can affect all aspects of a person’s life including mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

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