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I think I'm going crazy: The Day I Faced PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise known as PTSD, is a widely misunderstood, rarely discussed disorder that an estimated 7.8% of Americans suffer with. Society came to know PTSD as a combat disorder, something that our military men and women suffered with upon return from Active Duty. It is defined as "a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world". Upon recognition of the disorder, psychologists and researchers began to discover that PTSD can be caused by almost any event in which an individual feels that their life is truly in danger. Experiences range from C-sections gone wrong, a family member flat lining in the hospital, a car accident, a robbery, and of course, an abusive relationship. The latter is what caused my PTSD.

I knew from my extensive schoolin…