After a traumatic event such as abuse, a natural disaster, war, or accident, people may experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition. Symptoms include flashbacks and nightmares and an inability to thrive and fully function in your life. PTSD is more common than you think, affecting about 12 million people annually.
Despite its prevalence, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding PTSD that contribute to the stigmatization and misunderstanding of this complex disorder. Licensed mental health counselor Michelle Ilyayev, LMHC, can help you overcome troubling PTSD symptoms at Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling, a virtual telehealth practice based in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to fully participate and enjoy life again.
Here, the Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling team debunks some of the most common myths about PTSD, shedding light on the realities and experiences of individuals living with this condition.
Only soldiers and veterans can develop PTSD
While it is understandable that many people associate PTSD with soldiers and veterans because of the traumas they experience during combat, they are not the only people who witness or experience traumatic events. For example, survivors of sexual assault, accidents, natural disasters, and other life-threatening events can all develop PTSD.
PTSD is a sign of weakness
PTSD is a complex psychological response to trauma affecting individuals of all backgrounds and strengths. It is essential to remember that trauma affects each person differently, and developing PTSD is not a reflection of personal weakness or character flaws.
PTSD symptoms appear immediately after a traumatic event
While some people may experience immediate symptoms after a traumatic event, PTSD can manifest anytime after trauma. Usually, symptoms show up within three months of an event, but sometimes they don’t develop for years afterward.
People with PTSD are dangerous and violent
This myth, generated by the media’s depictions of people, usually soldiers, shows PTSD as unstable and aggressive. The truth is that most people with PTSD typically withdraw from socializing and avoid people and any confrontation.
PTSD is not a mental health condition
Many people don’t understand PTSD and discount it as a genuine mental health issue. Other people feel that, in time, everyone gets over negative or traumatic experiences. The truth is that PTSD exists for millions of people and can negatively impact your life. Through counseling and support, however, people with PTSD can move on and live productive and meaningful lives.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, call Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling to get the help and support you or your loved one needs to overcome PTSD. Or, use our convenient online scheduling system to make an appointment.