When an individual hears the words Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), immediately some people think about veterans and the traumatic experiences they endure. Veterans are not the only ones whom have the prognosis of PTSD. People who experience the loss of a loved one, domestic abuse, sexual violence, or anything traumatic, may have the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Going through a traumatic experience does not only affect the person, but it also takes a toll on their family and social environment. There are several triggers that may cause a person to mentally re-experience a traumatic event such as, smells, touch, sounds, and external visual stimuli. Many veterans avoid attending counseling due to the stigma of appearing weak to their peers. There are several other cultures who also dodge mental health services because of historical context or religious affiliation. It is important we educate ourselves on mental health disorders because you never know if the person next to you may require some assistance in a time of need.
Kyle P. Goodwin, QMHP