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We should all be more aware of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

“Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.” – Unknown

There is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and emotional well-being.

Mental illness is more common than most of us think. According to a study, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. 

51% of you told us that you have experienced mental health problems before, whilst the remaining 49% told us that you have never experienced mental health issues.

June is #PostTraumaticStressDisorderAwarenessMonth. For millions of people around the world, the most traumatic events of their lives have never left them. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about this struggle, and how we can help make sufferer’s lives just a little easier.

It is estimated that up to 3 in 100 people may develop PTSD at some stage in life.

In a recent poll, 35% of you told us that you either know someone, or have suffered, from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is ‘a type of anxiety disorder which can develop after being involved in, or witnessing, a traumatic, stressful or frightening event including terrorist attacks, military combat, sexual assault or robbery’.

People who suffer from PTSD often relive a traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may also experience feelings of isolation, irritability and anger.

It’s normal to experience confusing and upsetting thoughts after you’ve had a traumatic experience, however, most people should improve over a few weeks or so. You should visit your GP if you or a loved one is having problems after a traumatic experience.


See what our members had to say when we asked them if they know someone or have suffered from PTSD themselves:

“Yes, and still suffer from it, although I have been taught through CBT how to better control it and how to get through situations where it may present. I've came leaps and bounds with mine since having CBT.”

“As a counsellor I have seen those who seem unable to get past it (a better term than 'get over it') and those who have done so successfully. One technique that really helps is called EMDR. You can get to the point where you don't even think about it for weeks or months on end, and when you do it's just the same as any other memory. I admit that not all victims of PTSD reach that point, but many do.”

Find a list of symptons and how PTSD is treated here.


So, is there still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health in general?

We also asked our members in a poll whether they thoughts that there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health in general. 35% of you said that there still is a lot of stigma surrounding it, whilst 57% felt that it has improved in recent years.


This is what some of our members had to say:

“People still seem to recoil when mental health conditions are brought up in conversation, but at least they are being talked about and there's more sympathy than there was in the past.”

“There is enough attention to it just not enough promotion towards the help lines and assistance.”

“There's less of a stigma now for sure, especially with well-known and well-liked celebrities being open about their mental health conditions.”

I think it goes without saying that we could all do a bit more to help combat the stigma surrounding PTSD and more widely, mental health in general. Life can be difficult, and we’re all human. Don’t ever suffer in silence, and never be afraid to ask for help.

I think you’d be surprised at the positive reaction you’d get if you just tried it.

 

How do you think we could help raise more awareness about mental health? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Comments

It has mixed reactions half take it up like a cause others reject it and say get on with your life 

we all know someone whos suffering  and should encourage them to get help and talk about it 

medication is given out to freely and people who drink and abuse drugs tend to suffer from mental health ;

But what came first the mental Health or the drug drink  abuse 

it is really differcult because no one person suffers in the same way and so finding the way to help is hard

It's hard to imagine how some PTSD sufferers cope. I'm thinking of Grenfell Towers survivors and terrorism witnesses. Most of us will go through shocking or troubling experiences in life and manage to survive without lingering mental health damage. PTSD must be so much worse. We should listen to and help them.

Make it easy to talk less judgement 

I still feel that some are too hard on those with any form of mental illness their are not enough people who want to listen

Mental health is on the increase and I’m not sure why. I admire those that help these people and not enough thanks is given to them. My daughter is training to be a mental health nurse and some of the things she has to endure is very concerning but she says rewarding

i am from the old school,when i was young (now approaching70) there was no such thing as ptsd.You got depressed yes,but you had to get on with your life.Either that or the unthinkable,which saddly still happens.

If you truly believe that there isn't such a thing as PTSD then you have either never experienced anything so traumatic that would cause it or you don't know anyone who has had it.  It is attitudes like yours which keep mental heatlh issues a dirty secret.  You wouldn't disbelieve someone who had cancer, who had suffered a heart attack, who had broken a leg so why should mental illness not be real?

PTSD is real, a large number of our veterans have PTSD, survivors of rape, incest, paedophilia etc have PTSD.  Other circumstances can cause PTSD.  

I know that it exists because I have suffered from it.  It's not being 'a bit depressed', it's not even being clinically depressed, it's being hyper alert, flashbacks etc.  The flashbacks are horrendous.  Being hyper alert seriously affects your life.  I would have an extreme reaction to my friend texting me, I was used to his text tone, we messaged each other a lot, suddenly I was jumping out of my skin when he texted.  Whereas I was quite resiliant when it came to graphic and gory images, suddenly I couldn't cope with them at all, even seeing a snippet would send me on high alert with a very strong 'fight or flight' response.  Anyone who knows me would know that wasn't me at all.  

Mental illness is real.  Depression is real.  PTSD is real.  

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