25 Things People With PTSD Want You to Know

Every one of us experiences difficult, horrible, depressing, or challenging moments in life. Not all of us can say that these moments have caused actual trauma—but around 8 million people certainly can.

In fact, your chances of experiencing a traumatic event may be higher than you think. Recent estimates suggest that 1 in 8 women will experience trauma in their lives, along with 1 in 20 men. If the odds seem bleak, you’re not entirely off base. If you stop to think about it, the potential for trauma is everywhere.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder, occurring as a by-product of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. The most common causes of PTSD are a natural disaster, vehicular accidents, an act of terrorism, wartime combat, sexual assault, or any other violent act. This isn’t even close to a full list.

Though diagnoses of PTSD are becoming more common, those who suffer from PTSD often feel misunderstood. A simple understanding of the causes, treatments, and symptoms of PTSD can go a long way in making voices heard and eliminating negative stigmas.

With that said, here is a list of 25 things that people with PTSD want you to know:

PTSD is more common than you think

It may seem as though PTSD is an isolated disorder, but in truth, more people suffer from it than you may realize. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that at least 8 percent of people will experience some form of PTSD.

Given this, it might be worthwhile to take an extra second and add a little caution, sincerity, and compassion to the world.

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PTSD does not accompany every single traumatic event

Understanding PTSD means acknowledging that the effects are very specific, as well as the origin. A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder means that an event has been so extraordinarily stressful that it has affected your emotional stability.

Not only are they specific, but by nature, they are often sensitive.

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PTSD should not be used as a joke

It might be tempting to claim that you have PTSD from that one time you caught your parents getting a little too friendly over a bottle of wine last Christmas—but can you call it PTSD? Are you looking at severe, long-lasting emotional trauma? Is it truly challenging to function in everyday life?

Chances are that you’re (mostly) fine, and a little bit of avoidance and averted eyes can help you forget all about it. There’s a difference between dramatic and traumatic. Don’t let passing remarks and weird jokes devalue the true struggle of PTSD.

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