Myths and Facts About PTSD Effecting Veterans in El Paso
According to Harold Cohen, PH.D
MYTH: PTSD is only seen in people with ‘weak characters who are unable to cope with difficult situations in the same way that most of us do.
FACT: PTSD is a human response to markedly abnormal situations, and it involves specific chemical changes in the brain that occur in response to a person experiencing a traumatic event. Many of the symptoms of PTSD seem to be a direct result of such brain changes.
MYTH: All of us have been through frightening experiences and have a least one symptom of PTSD because of that experience.
FACT: Thought memories of frightening experiences may be like symptoms of PTSD, most persons do not have the severity of symptoms or impairment associated with PTSD. The specific brain-based responses seen in PTSD differ from those seen in normal anxiety. Similarly, the experiences of normal anxiety and of PTSD are markedly different.
MYTH: Stress reactions to trauma exist, but these should not be considered as a serious medical problem.
FACT: PTSD is a medical disorder that can sometimes cause serious disability. Persons with PTSD often also have co-occurring mood, anxiety, and substance-related disorders. In addition, these people may have significant difficulty at their job, in their personal relationships or other social