"I'm not depressed; I just do not feel like living anymore. I'm of no use to anyone; I'm in pain all the time from arthritis, and since my stroke two years ago, I cant move my right arm."
You and a friend or partner have decided to travel together for the first time. Assuming you've known each other a while and enjoy each other's company, you think it would be fun to share an adventure. You plan the itinerary, get vacation time approved from work, choose appropriate clothing, buy your tickets, pack your bags, and you're off! Traveling together can be a wonderful experience…or your vacation expectations can go from dream to nightmare!
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, once known as "shell shock" and later "combat (or battle) fatigue," is now universally recognized as occurring as a result of exposure to an extremely traumatic stressor. Not all who experience the trauma develop it, but all who develop the disorder have each suffered a personal trauma, such as:
Catastrophes, whether by forces of nature (e.g., earthquakes) or man-made (e.g., shootings at a school or at the work place, war zones) result in devastating psychological trauma, in addition to any physical trauma. By definition, disasters impact more than just one or two people. An individual can either be a direct survivor of the event, or a witness to it, to suffer the impact of the experience. Often, affected individuals are only loosely connected by geographic area or random experience (for example, a bank armed robbery).
Why do we fail in our efforts, even when we have the talent, intelligence, and training to succeed? Why do we seem to sabotage these efforts in so many ways– by procrastinating, or forgetting a crucial detail, or suddenly losing sight of the goal?
The conventional answer is “fear of failure,” and the answer makes some sense. It can be very painful to put out one’s best effort and still fail. Better to sabotage the effort and avoid the risk of that pain.
Do you or a loved one recognize these symptoms of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder?