“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
It's estimated that 70% of adults in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That means that 7 out of 10 of us know what it's like to go through something so scary, awful, or painful that it has a lasting impact on our mental and emotional health.
For some people, that impact is relatively minor. They may have a few bad dreams or feel a little more on edge than usual for a while, but eventually they're able to move on with their lives.
For others, however, the impact of trauma can be much more serious and long-lasting. These people may develop what's known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It's normal to have some reaction to trauma, but for people with PTSD, these reactions are much more severe and can last for months or even years.
Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and feeling "stuck" in the past. These symptoms can make it hard to go about your day-to-day life and can even lead to substance abuse or suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, there is help available for people with PTSD. If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD, please seek help. There are many resources available, and there is no shame in seeking help. You are not alone.