A few things for the average person to consider when it comes to PTSD.....
1. Not every veteran who goes to war develops PTSD.
2. War is not the only cause of PTSD.
3. Stress does not equal "post-traumatic stress".
4. Depression is not the same as PTSD.
5. Depression can exist at the same time as PTSD, but not always.
6. Combat stress is not the same as "post-traumatic stress".
7. Men and women can both develop PTSD.
8. PTSD cannot be outrun by moving to a new location, getting a new job, starting a new relationship, or by deciding to turn it off.
This is why it is important to do your homework when it comes to recognizing when someone is suffering. Pay attention and seek out resources that can help you to learn more. Knowing the right steps to take to help someone given each individual situation is important.
A gentle, knowledgeable approach backed by resources, information, and consistent support will gain you more momentum with someone who is suffering than a forceful approach aimed to fix them. No one with PTSD wants to be looked at as broken.
It is challenging for anyone with PTSD to talk.
1. It is hard to find the words to explain the feelings.
2. Judgment is a fierce word that no one wants to be subjected to.
3. They usually don't understand what's happening to them in the first place.
4. It isn't you they are hiding from. It's the recurring memories, feelings, sensations, fears, and images that are consistently seeking them out that they are trying to outrun.