PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a deep-seated mental health issue that affects daily life, relationships, and well-being. If untreated, it can strain work, social connections, and health. Recovery is possible with resilience, professional guidance, and strong support.
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This short animation is showing how past trauma can suddenly pop up during a simple chat. This heartfelt animation gives a peek into the challenges of living with PTSD.”
Brain, Mind, and Body
In “The Body Keeps the Score,” Dr. Bessel van der Kolk delves deep into the complex world of trauma and PTSD. Drawing from decades of research and case studies, he showcases the profound effects of trauma on the mind and body, highlighting innovative treatments and healing techniques.
The Many Faces of Trauma
The American Psychiatric Association explains the many types of events that can lead to PTSD.
The Tale of Hibakusha
Hibakusha, survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s atomic bombings, bear both the physical scars and the profound psychological trauma of those catastrophic events.
“Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift paints a poignant picture of finding solace and protection amidst chaos and turmoil. The lyrics reassure listeners of a sanctuary, emphasizing the strength found in unity and hope during trying times.
Just close your eyes, the sun is going down
You’ll be alright, no one can hurt you now
Come morning light, you and I’ll be safe and sound
In Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People,” teenager Conrad Jarrett, burdened by grief and guilt after a tragic accident, grapples with family tensions and personal trauma, seeking understanding and healing with the help of a compassionate psychiatrist.
PTSD’s Grip on Life
The American Psychiatric Association, in its comprehensive guide on mental disorders, highlights the severe daily impact of PTSD on individuals.
The Battle Beyond the Battlefield
“HERE. IS. BETTER.” is a poignant documentary directed by Jack Youngelson, shedding light on the PTSD crisis among American veterans. Following four diverse veterans, including notable figure Jason Kander, it offers a hopeful lens into evidence-based trauma therapies and their healing potential.
Crafting the PTSD Journey
Delve into the intricate world of healing and resilience through an art project that visualizes the emotional layers of PTSD. By illustrating this complex journey, we hope to better understand and empathize with those affected.
Rebuilding After Trauma
Dive into the “Life After PTSD Podcast” as it unravels inspiring stories every week about rebuilding and thriving post-trauma.
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“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.”
– Mason Cooley
Healing from PTSD isn’t easy, but it’s a journey filled with hope and strength. After tough times, it’s natural to feel a mix of emotions and face some challenges. But remember, with the right help and support, you can find your way back, rebuild, and rediscover happiness. You’ve got this!
This article was created in collaboration with Colorful Zone and Shannon Chmura, who earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Bay Path University in Massachusetts.