3 Things People Don't Know About PTSD, And My Personal Experience

3 Things People Don't Know About PTSD, And My Personal Experience

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When most people talk about PTSD, they tend to associate it with soldiers who return home from war. However, there are many sides to this psychological disorder that they don't know about. Unfortunately, I was one of those people who experienced PTSD themselves. I felt alone, angrier than usual, lost interest in everything I knew and had as well as emotionally detaching myself. If you know me personally, you know I was a pretty emotional person before, but after my incident, I kind of learned how to "harden" my emotions. PTSD should be recognized more and here is why.

1. PTSD can happen to anybody, big or small.

Yes! It's a fact! Any traumatic experience can send a person into having this disorder and unfortunately, it doesn't just last a few weeks. People who suffer from PTSD suffer from fear, anxiety, emotional detachment, depressive episodes, and sudden hostility or lashing out at people.

2. They have other therapies and medicine to help people with PTSD.

People who may suffer from bouts of PTSD may be given SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is psychotherapy designed to alleviate the distress created from traumatic experiences.

3. The Disagreement: Does PTSD last for only a few months or is it permanent?

The American Psychiatric Association states that half of adults with PTSD recover within three months and others may last longer but often less than a year. PTSD will last for an individual depending on the trauma and the resilience of a person. Giving a person time, proper treatment and support will help a person overcome.

Due to personal reasons, I'm not going to go into too much detail about my personal experience but here is a tidbit of my story.

At the age of 17, I was assaulted at gunpoint and I was diagnosed with PTSD. I remember the first few days after my incident, I was so depressed and erratic with everything I did to the point where I would black out and not remember anything. I remember that I would become super irritable, screaming and crying at my family members and people on the phone… I was angry. However, I took it day by day.

I went back to work at the place I was assaulted at after a month (even though it was extremely tough). I started to talk about my experience more and took time to myself on my bad days. I'm really glad that I grew from my experience, and even faced the person who assaulted me in a courthouse. I was happy to look at him dead in the eye and show no fear and basically tell him that he did not scare me.

My point is, PTSD can happen to anyone and if you know someone suffering from a traumatic experience, be there for them, show them sympathy and understand the symptoms.

To learn more about PTSD or any more psychological disorders, visit the American Psychological Association's Website.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.

We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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No Matter How Challenging School Gets, You Have To Put Your Health First — A Degree Won't Mean Anything If You're Dead

Panicking and pulling all-nighters will not allow you to get an A.


Some of the best advice I've ever received was from my social studies teacher in sophomore year of high school. He stated, "If you don't know it at midnight, you're not going to know it for the 8 a.m. exam, so get some sleep."

It's such a simple piece of advice, but it holds so much accuracy and it's something that the majority of college students need to hear and listen to. "All-nighters" are a commonality on college campuses in order to cram in studying for an exam that is typically the next day.

Although it seems like you're obtaining so much valuable information in that period of time, the lack of sleep most likely is causing you to retain little to no information at all. There's a reason that doctors recommend a certain amount of sleep, especially for students, because that's the amount they need to function properly throughout their school day.

Putting aside even half an hour a day to dedicate to that subject could alleviate the pressure you feel right before the exam because you'll feel comfortable and familiar with the material. This could benefit what is known as the mental health portion of the health triangle.

In the eighth grade, my health teacher lectured on for multiple classes about something called the "health triangle." It consists of three components; mental, social, and physical health. The message of the lectures was always that the triangle contains a domino effect, with each part of it affecting the others. If one section is displeased, the others will follow in their footsteps.

This lesson is one I have valued for over five years because while carrying out my everyday activities, I've realized how valid this theory is.

Many college kids feel as though they need to stay inside the library or their dorm during any free time in order to do homework or study. This will negatively affect both the mental and physical aspects of the triangle, therefore throwing everything off. Yes, the majority of a college student's time should be spent performing school-related tasks, but it's important for students to go out and be entertained even an hour per week in order to not completely lose their mind.

By "going out," in no way do I mean parties, bars, or anything related to that. Even something as simple as sitting in your friend's dorm and talking about life for an hour can reboot your brain to prepare it to return to studying.

In terms of the physical segment of the health triangle, many people think of this as just diet and exercise. While that is partly true, it also involves personal hygiene.

Many college kids eat their sorrows away with the junk food that they're surrounded by on campus. Others skip most meals in order to have that extra 20 minutes to study for their midterms. In either case, that isn't good for your body and surely isn't going to help you in your classes. Proper meals give you the energy you need to finish studying for that midterm you have coming up.

I've witnessed so many students walk around campus with their hair unbrushed, haven't showered in days, haven't bothered changing out of their clothes from the previous day, and practicing other gross habits. Trust me when I say that it's okay, and even important, to set aside an hour to practice proper personal hygiene. It will allow you to feel better about yourself and put you in a better mood to get your work done.

Although worrying is inevitable, in no way will it help you get a better grade, but could instead make your grades suffer. We've probably all looked at a test at least once in our lives and completely blanked on all of the answers simply because we were so scared about the grade.

Deducing stress could be helped by all of the advice already stated, time management, office hours, and tutoring. It's okay to ask for help, whether that be from a peer, a teacher, or upperclassmen. College isn't meant to be easy, but there are ways you can make it easier.

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