While PTSD is often associated with individuals who face difficulties during their military service, the condition can happen to anyone who has experienced a life-changing event.
Thousands of Kentuckians have just experienced the most traumatic event of their lives as terrifying tornadoes tore through their towns, razed homes and businesses and claimed innocent lives.
Architectural structures may be rebuilt and a new page will eventually be turned in the lives of those affected, but the murky truth is that their mental health may never be. recuperate.
Unfortunately, some victims will experience ongoing PTSD for the rest of their lives.
The effects of PTSD are debilitating and can be triggered by everyday sights and sounds.
“Everybody talks about a tornado like an oncoming locomotive, right? So, you know, suddenly hearing trains in the distance, bringing them back to where they were,” says clinical therapist William Creasmen.
Experts have said that talking about the trauma and seeking professional help can reduce symptoms of PTSD.
The hardest part about seeking help is admitting you do. It is our job as neighbors, family, and friends to guide those we care about through this process.
The sheer devastation of the tornado is what has stirred public opinion, but the mental stress of those affected Kentucks will leave far deeper scars.
https://foxlexington.com/news/kentucky/internal-battles-ptsd-after-western-ky-tornados/ Civil War: Post-Western PTSD. Tornados