“Oh don’t mind him, he’s got PTSD”…said one bloke to his mate in the pub. “What’s all that about then?” came the quizzical reply. For a brief moment I was stunned, surely everyone knows what PTSD is these days, or maybe they don’t?
Despite personally possessing a broad overview of the condition, as well as having more than one personal friend who suffers from it, I decided to look into the subject a little deeper.
So what is PTSD or, to give the condition its full name, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? The simple definition describes it as “a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a reaction to exposure to very stressful and traumatising events. People experience flashbacks, panic attacks and other acute symptoms. It can be treated, so it is important to get expert help…(mentalhealth.org.uk)
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