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SidestepToYourLeft141 karma

What can we do as a society to help improve understanding of PTSD and to support people who are suffering? I am thinking particularly about:

  • portrayal in popular media, where the vast majority of depictions of PTSD relate to combat and involve flashbacks. Trauma can come from a wider range of sources but many people seem to think that PTSD only affects veterans and primarily consists of flashbacks, with few other causes and symptoms being recognized.

  • the human/societal urge to downplay trauma, including PTSD sufferers not seeking help because they think their trauma wasn’t “bad enough” compared to others, or conversely when people open up about their trauma but are told that “it wasn’t that bad”.