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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real, but don’t be discouraged from seeking help by mixed-up ideas about PTSD.
- Myth #1: Only wartime trauma causes PTSD.
- Myth #2: The only aftermath of trauma is PTSD.
- Myth #3: PTSD is a terminal diagnosis with poor prognosis.
- Myth #4: God is absent in trauma.
Psalm 10:14 (NIV) But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
See Also: Emotions, Mental Health, Military
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Have you ever known someone who suffered from PTSD, or have you ever experienced it yourself? Share a story if you are comfortable.
- Read Psalm 10:1. Describe a time when you thought God was absent. How was his presence revealed to you?
- Read Psalm 62:5-8. How can we live out these verses?
- Read Philippians 4:12-13. How did Paul respond to difficult circumstances? How can we use his example in our own trying times?
- What are some appropriate ways to respond to a friend who approaches us seeking guidance in dealing with PTSD or other side-effects of trauma?
- How can you seek help for PTSD or other trauma-related issues?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Emotions 101 series. David Johnson, PhD, practices at the Ogden Center for Change.