Many people think of war and natural disasters when they think of PTSD. While these experiences can result in PTSD, PTSD is not limited to these experiences.
PTSD is a mental health condition that can happen when a person is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation by either:
- Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s):
Eg.Victim of a sexual or physical assault, experiencing bullying, becoming seriously ill
- Witnessing, in person, the traumatic event(s) as they occurred to others:
Eg. Witnessing a motor vehicle accident or an assault
- Learning that the traumatic event(s) occurred to a close family member or a close friend:
Eg. Losing a loved one to Covid-19
- Experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of the traumatic event(s):
Eg. Working as a first responder or a caregiver to someone who has experienced trauma.