This week we recorded a podcast on PTSD (it will be available soon). That of course meant that I did quite some thinking and reading on the topic too. Without giving away any of the great content that awaits, I want to reflect on some of the misinformation that floats around about PTSD.
PTSD is a normal response to trauma, just as bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed.
This is a vital point actually. So often we feel like we are going crazy and some people feel a sense of shame for developing PTSD. Would you feel that same sense of shame for bleeding though? Or breaking a leg? Same difference. This is the result of your experiences, it says nothing about you other than that you are a survivor.
No, it doesn’t work like that way. I can’t just wake up one day, say:
“Oh, I wanna be happy” and be happy. Believe me, I tried.
You simply cannot address PTSD without accepting this, so take a minute to let this sink in.
More Myths About PTSD in Need of Busting
Myth #1: PTSD Is Something Only Veterans Develop
Yes, PTSD is often discussed in the context of war trauma. Just think about it for a moment though, is that the only place where people experience trauma? Especially situations where trauma is repeated or prolonged the chances of developing PTSD increase. When it comes to abuse, those are two boxes we can definitely tick.
Myth #2: PTSD Is All In a Person’s Head
I promise you are not going crazy. Trauma, even non-physical trauma, actually affects our brain function, and can have many physical manifestations too. Aubrey is far better at explaining this, and she does just that in the upcoming podcast.
Myth #3: PTSD Only Affects Weak People
I am going to let you think about this for a minute… go back to the statement above and consider whether only weak people bleed when they are stabbed. Okay, I didn’t think so either. PTSD is an injury, it is not a reflection of your resilience, it is a reflection of the trauma you experienced.Now You Are Ready For the PodcastThat is you ready for the podcast. It is being edited as I speak so hopefully you will not have to wait long!