When you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and your friends and family don’t care to understand your difficulties or they are completely dismissive of your experience, it fucking hurts. These are the people that you need to rely on the most and all of a sudden you feel more alone than ever. It’s frustrating, and it brings us to tears just thinking about your struggles.
Like Paul below, some of you may be angry with your loved ones and can’t help but lash out them for making things worse. We can’t fault you for it all, and that’s why this postcard is for you.
For friends and family of those with PTSD, be empathetic and learn how to listen truly. Having an ear goes a long way.
Dear Sophie (My Dissmissive Sister),
I know you don’t care to understand, but it doesn’t matter where I am.
When the image hits, a pain just rips through me.
I’m 41 years old and I spontaneously cry.
My cry face isn’t very pretty either.
It’s kinda how your face looks all the time.
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Below are some curated books for those suffering with PTSD, as well as books for loved ones about Communication and use of Vocabulary. All come highly recommended by the Massive Phobia staff.