3 common misunderstandings about PTSD to reconsider:
PTSD is a sign of mental weakness
PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
People with PTSD are dangerous
Although PTSD is associated with an increased risk of violence, the majority of Veterans and non-Veterans with PTSD have never engaged in violence. When other factors like alcohol and drug misuse, additional psychiatric disorders, or younger age are considered, the association between PTSD and violence is decreased.
Nothing can be done for people with PTSD
There are more effective PTSD treatment options than ever. Effective treatments for PTSD include different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication. Studies have shown that for some people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense.