An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This means that an estimated 5 percent of Americans—more than 13 million people—have PTSD at any given time.
People are becoming more and more aware of PTSD and Complex PTSD , so I thought I would address the elephant in the room – I Don’t have PTSD or Complex PTSD how can I help someone who does? And #dealwithit – living well with PTSD is the best book on the market to help people understand it.
This is a question I get asked a lot when I am speaking on Mental health Recovery or PTSD Recovery and is one of the reasons I wrote #dealwithit – living well with PTSD.
One of the big things that you can do is have a conversation with someone you know who is dealing with PTSD or maybe struggling to even admit that they are.
The simple statement to a loved one or a new friend of “I don’t have PTSD, how can I help you or understand?” is incredibly comforting and reassuring to someone that battles this mental illness.
We believe PTSD Awareness Month and occasions like that should be more than just an opportunity to wear a ribbon, it should be an opportunity to start a conversation.
The other thing that Melissa and I deliberately do, is that when we are at the gym or out shopping we often will wear one of our PTSD Awareness t-shirts. Yes it gets looks, yes some people start, but it has also started some great conversations with folks about how they can help their loved ones
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