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Why isn't my PTSD taken seriously?

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Last Updated: 11/08/2020 at 4:48am
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- Expert in PTSD
August 26th, 2016 8:35pm
I think sometimes it's just a bad combination of lack of empathy, fear of weakness and the belief that 'we all struggle'. A lot of people think PTSD isn't a real thing because sometimes 'they have nightmares', ;they have flashbacks'. 'they have traumatic experiences' and 'they' have overcome them. They have got on with life. So they think they have the similar experiences and therefore have authority to tell you 'it's no big deal'. But this is rubbish - it's like someone who has had the flu telling someone who is stricken with cancer they 'know what being ill is like'. It can sometimes be almost impossible to make someone who hasn't shared you experiences understand them but it doesn't make what is happening to you any less severe or real.
August 16th, 2016 5:49am
if you never experienced this first hand, you honestly cant say its not something that isnt serious, but the nightmares and flashbacks are truly real!
Anonymous - Expert in PTSD
September 24th, 2016 11:37am
Our wounds are invisible and not many people are educated on PTSD, they will not understand how serious it is.
August 27th, 2016 8:31am
Ignorance or a lack of understanding plays a huge part - people often struggle to take mental illness seriously as it is such a taboo topic, and not viewed as a "real illness" as it lacks physical symptoms at times. It's important to educate others about your condition, and surround yourself with a support network.
January 20th, 2017 3:17am
Many people who have not experienced any sort of mental illness themselves find it hard to empathize with PTSD, because in general it's hard to understand someone without any common ground. They might not notice your PTSD because it's not something that has visible symptoms. It's important to remember that it's nor your fault, and many other people with PTSD aren't taken seriously either.
August 29th, 2016 11:35pm
It should be. Some people may see you as being 'fine' and not be aware of the things your are experiencing. It could also be that they do feel for you, but do not know how to express their feelings. Look after yourself.
September 5th, 2017 9:33pm
Sometimes people are unfair. They do not understand what you are going through so they judge and make assumptions. This could be because they are uneducated on the topic however that is not an excuse! We all deserve to be supported no matter what
November 8th, 2020 4:48am
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a medical condition. It is a condition that many people have but have not been diagnosed. If you are not being taken seriously by the medical community then you are not seeing the right professionals. On the other hand, those outside of the healthcare professions,do not have the right skills or knowledge to provide support to you. You have choices. You need to surround yourself with medical professionals who know how to treat this disorder. And you need supportive people who can guide you toward healing from the trauma. It is important for you to take care of yourself by seeking the right help. You deserve validation. PTSD is no laughing matter. Positive thoughts to you and all those people who continue to suffer without ever getting validation and adequate support. Continue to seek those who care enough to listen.  
April 23rd, 2018 2:33am
Many people dont understand mental injuries. They think they have to be able to physically see and injury or illness for it to be existant. PTSD is a mental injury/illness so people tend to not realize its a thing that effects day to day life.
November 11th, 2018 3:10am
Sorry to hear that your PTSD isn't taken seriously, some people just don't understand mental illness and understand the severe impact trauma has on our minds. Also if they personally haven't dealt with it they might not understand what it feels like so they assume it isn't that bad
June 6th, 2017 1:01am
When PTSD was first identified it was called shell shock for many years by the soldiers that experienced it back then. While it is most common on the battlefield, it can happen from other sustained traumas. It is important to see a professional if you find yourself affected by past traumas.