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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real, but don’t be discouraged from seeking help by mixed-up ideas about PTSD.

Key Points:

  • 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.

Quote This:

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
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever known someone who suffered from PTSD, or have you ever experienced it yourself? Share a story if you are comfortable.
  3. Read Psalm 10:1. Describe a time when you thought God was absent. How was his presence revealed to you?
  4. Read Psalm 62:5-8. How can we live out these verses?
  5. Read Philippians 4:12-13. How did Paul respond to difficult circumstances? How can we use his example in our own trying times?
  6. 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?
  7. How can you seek help for PTSD or other trauma-related issues?
  8. 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.