Do you have PTSD? Does your sibling or someone you know?
There IS help out there. You are not alone.
PTSD is a medical condition that can affect how you see the world and interact in it. Some days you may feel alright and then suddenly you feel angry or so sad you don't ever think anything will be right again in the world.
So you have PTSD…now what?
- Know you’re not alone.
- There are other people out there like you. On top of all of your symptoms, maybe the worst part is the loneliness. There’s practically no information about kids with PTSD, and it’s never talked about; whenever someone mentions PTSD, they’re almost always talking about how it affects adults. But you’re not alone. Always remember that.
- I know how you feel.
- The paralyzing fear. The crushing despair. The flashbacks and hallucinations that are all too real. The thought of just ending it all to make the pain stop. I’ve been there. And it is not something I would wish on anyone, much less another child. But you will get through this. You will beat this. You can, and you will. How do I know? Because I did. If I can do it, so can you.
- The label does not define you.
- Maybe you’re an artist and a gamer. Maybe you’re a math whiz who loves sports (guilty). Maybe you’re a reader who always has your nose in a book. Whoever you are, there’s a lot more to you than just a string of four letters. Stop thinking of yourself in terms of them (not an easy task, I know), and they will lose their power over you.