Surviving War Trauma

December 6, 2008 by Ana Turck · Comment
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For more than a decade I have been battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sometimes I feel that I just can’t win. Just when I learn to live with a specific set of symptoms they either change or another symptom arises and a new reality emerges.

PTSD is greatly misunderstood in general society. It carries the stigma of mental disorder, and is often interpreted as a singular response to an event or a prolonged exposure to trauma. Defined as a response, and paired with a lack of societal interest and inquiry, PTSD becomes either something one should “get over” or “keep to themselves.” In this environment, those who live with the disorder often become isolated and misunderstood. Read more