Donald Trump continues to shock the world with his insensitive comments! His latest targets are war veterans who suffer from PTSD, but what exactly do those four letters mean? Here are five things to know about the mental disorder.
1. PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PTSD is a mental disorder that can occur when people experience a shocking, dangerous, or traumatic event. Unlike fear, this condition is long-term, and can go on for months or years if not properly combined with psychotherapy. Symptoms can include sleep deprivation (nightmares), flashbacks, and anxiety, according to the Mayo Clinic.
2. It’s not limited to war veterans.
During an event in Virginia, Donald Trump, 70, stated that veterans with PTSD “can’t handle” war, and referred to them as weak. However, the disorder can affect anybody! For example, if someone hears gunshots outside their home, or if they know somebody who’s a murder victim, those experiences can lead to PTSD. A research study conducted by psychiatrist Dr. Kerry Ressler shows higher levels of PTSD in some urban populations than in war veterans.
3. Kim Kardashian’s Parisian robbery could trigger PTSD symptoms.
Following the reality star’s scary robbery experience on Oct. 3, we reached out to a mental health expert for a comment on the situation. “After the adrenaline wears off and the dust settles, Kim may suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),” Steve Ornstein, a PTSD expert, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
4. There is no cure, but you can seek help and treatment.
Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective counseling for treating PTSD, according to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. During CBT counseling, therapists help people change the way they think about the traumatic experience and its aftermath. Antidepressants may also be prescribed.
5. Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month is real.
You CAN make a difference! Every year in June, Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month aims to raise consciousness of the disorder by setting up informational workshops and posting FAQs on social media. Awareness Month encourages us to educate ourselves and reach out to those who may need support.
HollywoodLifers, do you know anyone with PTSD? How have you helped them in the past?