things your friend with PTSD won't tell you

I am an occupational therapist (OT) in the U.S. Army. I made this fictional inner dialogue of someone with PTSD to educate the public and give a voice to those who cope with the disorder. It can be very difficult to verbalize the feelings and thought processes that go with PTSD, especially as the individual may not fully understand them.Their behaviors may seem strange, aggressive, rude, or mean, but are actually symptoms of PTSD. PTSD is a complex disorder with many different symptoms. These might include social isolation, avoidance of situations and activities they used to enjoy, drinking excessively or using drugs, insomnia and/or nightmares, a distant look and drifting off during conversations, strong emotions that are not congruent with the situation, and paranoia or hypervigilance. These individuals need your love, support, and the assistance of mental health professionals, such as an occupational therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, and/or social worker. There is hope and very effective help available; no one should struggle with this disorder alone.

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