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A Simple Guide to Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on the various aspects of PTSD to normalize these states of mind and help you feel understood during your journey of growth and healing. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach. Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of experiencing and navigating through PTSD is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you! Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

What is PTSD?

Does the term PTSD ring a bell? If yes, I wouldn't be surprised because the word is used quite colloquially these days to describe any event that achieves to frighten or threaten a person in the smallest of ways. For example, a person may have described their experience of watching a horror move at a theatre as them having been left with PTSD because the movie was terrifying. In reality, PTSD is far more serious.

Short for 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder', PTSD is characterized as a psychiatric disorder experienced amongst individuals who may have observed or encountered a traumatic event, including (but not limited to) sexual and gender-based violence (What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, n.d.).


How can I Identify PTSD?

What are some things I can keep in mind?


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