*Trigger Warning* PTSD
Mental Illness

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that happens in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence, abuse or serious injury. The event is so terrifying that individuals find it very difficult to recover. The body simply goes into a state of fear and shock and the person faces this for months or years, with triggers that bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

PTSD requires a medical diagnosis and people with PTSD may experience agitation, fear, severe anxiety, flashback, mistrust, nightmares, hostility, hypervigilance, guilt, loneliness, insomnia, emotional detachment, unwanted thoughts, feeling numb, hopelessness, and self destructive behavior. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks.

Having PTSD may also increase your risk of other mental health problems, such as:

Depression and anxiety
Issues with drugs or alcohol use
Eating disorders
Suicidal thoughts and actions

It is significant that mental illnesses are conversed about through everyday life, because like it or not, people actually experience these horrifying things and it sticks to them because it's that traumatic. There is mental health and then there is mental illness. There is a difference, people love talking about yoga, self-care days, hobbies, but get uncomfortable talking about blackouts, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, etc and that's the problem.
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Wasila Ibrahim
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Created on 2022-03-11 at 20:08 and last updated on 2022-03-11 at 20:10.