The month of June is known for National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. People may develop PTSD after they have been exposed to one or more traumatic events. Traumatic events that cause PTSD can be defined as physical or sexual assault, war-related combat stress, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters, and other threats on a person’s life.
Check out the list of celebrities with PTSD:
Lady Gaga is the singing sensation and she is known for her amazing work and fun personality, but in an interview with Oprah, she revealed that she was raped at the age of 19 and developed PTSD after the traumatizing event.
The Rolling Stone’s lead singer Mick Jagger also struggled with PTSD. He came close to this disorder after his girlfriend died by suicide at their home, Jagger was asked not to perform for 30 days after the incident.
Ariana opened up about her PTSD and her struggle with it after her 2017 Manchester concert terror attack. In that terror attack, a suicide bomber detonated the bomb that claimed the lives of 22 people attending the event.
Some common symptoms of PTSD, as stated by WebMD include,
Unwanted memories: You might:
- Keep remembering what happened, even though that upsets you
- Have flashbacks, like you’re reliving it
- Have an emotional or physical reaction when something reminds you of it.
Avoidance: You might:
- Try to keep from thinking or talking about what happened
- Stay away from people, places, or activities that remind you of it
- Negative thoughts and moods.
- Be down on yourself, other people, or the world
- Feel detached from other people, hopeless, or emotionally numb
Changes in emotional and physical reactions:
- Be easily startled or frightened, or you might always be on guard for danger
- Do self-destructive things, like drinking too much alcohol or driving too fast
- Have trouble sleeping or concentrating.
However, certain symptoms of PTSD do overlap with depression and anxiety.
These include –
- Lack of focus
- lack of interest
- Detachment from people and the world.
However, like most mental health disorders, PTSD is difficult to identify. Even when people are able to figure out that something is not right with their mind, PTSD is often confused with other common mental illnesses like depression. To treat a particular condition, the right treatment is extremely important, and for that, the correct diagnosis is the first step.
The talk about mental health is currently more than ever, and it may be the right time to destigmatize the issues and help people who suffer.