PTSD MYTHS AND FACTS #1
MYTH: Anyone who experiences a trauma will eventually have post-traumatic stress disorder.
FACT: Acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are diagnoses reserved for people who experience trauma and then go on to re-experience the trauma through nightmares or flashbacks, have pervasive negative feelings about the trauma, and thus (as you might expect), try to avoid all of the uncomfortable emotions and memories associated with the trauma. People who struggle with PTSD often feel anxious and irritable, or have trouble concentrating or sleeping properly.
Amazingly, some people are able to avoid PTSD, even after they experience terrible events. A person may experience anxiety, grief, or even acute stress disorder, but seek recovery before it turns into PSTD. According to a study in Biological Psychology, early intervention is key.
Kathryn Taylor Millán, M.A., LPC/MHSP
Hartgrove Behavioral Health System