Unfortunately, some of us may encounter a traumatic experience that threatens the life or safety of ourselves or others. Many people have a very strong reaction to these extreme and distressing events. Feelings of fear, sadness, anger, and grief are common, and this is part of our natural human response to danger.
With support from family and friends, we may start to make sense of what’s happened. However, sometimes witnessing a distressing event can lead to severe feelings of fear and anguish that stay with us for a long time. These feelings start to interfere with our lives and when this happens, we need help to get through it.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a particular set of reactions that can develop in people who have been through a traumatic event which threatened their life or safety, or that of others around them. This could be a car or other serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or disasters such as bushfires or floods. As a result, the person experiences feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror.
A person living with PTSD is still a person, a human being. They can throw a great BBQ, they can be a great friend, a great dad, mum or grandparent. They just have an unseen disability that causes them to react or view things differently
PTSD Awareness Day is a day dedicated to creating awareness and is acknowledged annually on the 27th of June.
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