Almost every time my colleague Wanda and I speak about post-traumatic stress disorder, someone responds with words similar to these.
Unfortunately, far too many people still think that PTSD is a brain illness reserved for soldiers returning from war. My friend Wanda and I founded PTSDPerspectives to help raise awareness of the prevalence of PTSD and foster discussions about how individuals fighting the symptoms that often follow trauma and those around them can help create healing environments.
So if you’re an employer, be aware that approximately 5-8% of your work force is struggling with PTSD. If you’re a pastor, do the math and begin discussions on mental health in your congregation. If you’re an educator, understand that this issue impacts both your students and your faculty and staff. And if you work or live in an urban area, recognize that statistics for PTSD run much higher in inner-city populations.
And if you work with jobs that put you at risk for PTSD or secondary trauma, talk to a medical professional about possible symptoms and how trauma may be impacting you.
To be continued…