For a number of years, the belief was that only combat veterans coped with this issue. Not so. Now we know that first responders, paramedics, police and firemen can suffer from PTSD. Anyone who has been involved in or witnessed a tragic event can also fall into the clutches of this disorder.
Living with PTSD is a challenge. The victim’s life can be filled with flashbacks, hallucinations, rage, nightmares and paranoia. Negative thoughts and a feeling of hopelessness can overwhelm the sufferer. Many people cannot manage their lives and resort to suicide. The numbers are staggering.
Hayden, my hero in ‘Finding Hayden’ struggles with this problem. He’s lost all sense of purpose and is trapped in his own misery. Much to the dismay of family and friends, he’s becoming more detached.
I didn’t need to invent challenges for Hayden. He was living in his own hell looking for a way out.
Discover ‘Finding Hayden’ and follow his journey. Available on Amazon. com or .ca
Have you or anyone in your circle of friends or family ever struggled with PTSD?
I recognize this is a personal question but your stories can inform, educate and perhaps assist someone who is fighting this significant mental health issue.