The whole “but you don’t look sick” misconception also applies to people experiencing PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). While I don’t consider people experiencing PTSD as “sick”, per se, it is indeed a condition that deserves gentleness and respect.
PTSD is another human condition that warrants and deserves awareness.
I’m sharing this not only because I’ve been diagnosed as PTSD, but also because several close family members and friends have been, too, and I want to extend that love and support to everyone.
Additionally, many Asperger’s/autistic people experience PTSD as well.
I’m right there with you. For six years, I didn’t know that I was, but thanks to an astute counselor/therapist, I’ve known for almost two years now.
There are a lot of us who experience PTSD without realizing it.
People experiencing PTSD, you’re never, ever truly alone.
This is a beautiful blog post; very well-written and an excellent read. 🙂 ❤
Much love to all ❤
Many of us deal with an invisible illness (physical, emotional, mental), we don’t look sick!
Typically, if we are out and about or even within our own family, if we see or know someone that looks outwardly ill or has a visible disability, hopefully, we feel compassion, give them space, and help them, usually without thought or frustration. Our very human nature is that if we can see it, it exists.
Sometimes, out of pure surprise, when people find out I have PTSD, they say, “Really, Wow, you don’t look sick.” I don’t take offense to it because it is a natural thought. It’s not coming from a place of dismissal, or maliciousness. But, I do take offense when the next words are, “Can’t you just get over it?” There is something about those six little words that rub me wrong. I had a doctor say to me once, “You look…
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