This series has focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it affects those who live with its symptoms. PTSD is, as we have seen, a life-altering disorder that changes the direction of many people’s lives.
In this article, we shall focus on healing strategies and the hope that one can find life despite having post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Quick Recap of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Scary and dangerous events cause most humans to feel fear, and this fright sets off a cascade of chemical reactions in the body that readies it for the fight/flight/freeze response. Everyone who encounters a fearful event where they felt temporarily out of control will experience PTSD for a short time.
However, PTSD can become chronic in those who experience an event such as a traffic accident, sexual assault, or witnessing a violent crime. These folks cannot quickly recover from the trauma they faced and are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.