Treating Trauma: Overcoming PTSD Myths and Misconceptions
Monday, October 5, 2015
By Annie L. Scholl
It was a diagnosis she never expected, and it fit her symptoms perfectly.
That’s how a 23-year-old Cedar Rapids woman — whom we’ll call Rebecca for confidentiality — describes learning that she has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental-health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.
In Rebecca’s case, it was brought on by the emotional and physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her former alcoholic boyfriend.
The greatest misconception about PTSD is that only people with military ties get it, says Rick Martenson of QC Counselor, in Davenport. Instead, Martenson says PTSD is caused by everything from auto accidents to divorce, and bankruptcy to floods.
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