Watch the video above and talk about it with a group or mentor. Learn more.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real, but don’t be discouraged by mixed-up ideas about PTSD from seeking help from others.

Key Points:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects people from all walks of life.
  • Many soldiers experience PTSD from their war experiences, but 7-8% of Americans will experienc it whether or not they served in the military.
  • PTSD is not the only outcome of trauma. Some people suffer depression, anxiety, or other disorders from their difficulties.
  • PTSD can wreak havoc untreated. Fotunately, treatments are available.
  • Seek a qualified mental health professional if you or someone you care for suffers from PTSD.

Quote This:

PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions. -Susan Pease Banitt

See Also: Abuse, Emotions, Mental Health

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever known someone who suffered from PTSD, or have you ever experienced it yourself? Share a story if you are comfortable.
  3. What are some appropriate ways to respond to a friend who approaches us seeking guidance in dealing with PTSD or other side-effects of trauma?
  4. How can you seek help for PTSD or other trauma-related issues?
  5. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

David Johnson, Ph.D., practices at the Ogden Center for Change.