is a normal emotional and psychological reaction to trauma (a painful, shocking, experience such as rape, war, natural disaster.) that is outside of a person's normal life experiences.
Why should I learn about PTSD?
Because you or someone you know may experience trauma at some time in your life! Learning about PTSD can help you: Cope with Trauma, and/or Help others.
Who is likely to suffer from PTSD?
Anyone who experiences a traumatic event. PTSD Can affect survivors of war, violent attacks, rape, car or plane accidents, natural disasters or can affect people who witness these events.
Is it treatable?
Yes. PTSD is treatable. Talk with your healthcare professional about treatment options. This may include support, therapy or medication. Support groups, such as those in rape crisis or sexual assault programs, domestic violence agencies and other self-help programs may help. You local crisis center or Veteran's Administration may have more information as will the links on this site.
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PTSD Recovery takes time.
Survivors recover in stages. They may start with one stage, go to another, and go back.
Stages a PTSD survivor may experience include:
1. Denial that the rape had any effect on their lives.
Survivors are not to blame for the crime committed to them by another person.
We cannot control the actions of another person.
Survivors need a safe environment to work through their fears. You can help provide that environment by reading all you can on PTSD, and allowing the survivor space and time to recover. If you are someone close to a survivor you also may want to check into counseling or find someone you can talk to.
Rape, sexual assault, domestic violence or any other form of abuse can effect the entire family or support system. Reading about it can help you recognize when a survivor may need extra help.
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