PTSD is SO very difficult to understand. And if you don’t have it, it’s impossible to really get it. You may have tried to describe it to your loved ones or tried to understand it for yourself, but what’s going on is that it is a phenomenon of your fight or flight emotional brain, which is on the right side.
We then try to understand it with our logical brain but you can’t. That would be like trying to describe an emotion like love to someone who has never felt it before. Almost all the time I feel on edge, or just shitty. And sadly, most medical and mental health people know only what they have read in books. I was taught in grad school to look at things in a certain way and to zero in on traumas but not to call it PTSD. I didn’t know I had PTSD until two years ago!
And now, after working with hundreds and hundreds of people who have it I can’t see it any other way. I just wasn’t trained to see it that way. But now I do and when people see me they know that I get it. So many people out there have PTSD but they were given the wrong diagnosis or they think it’s only for veterans. If you have PTSD you need to take care of it so that you can take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Read my 5 tips on dealing with PTSD.