Hi all! Yesterday was Remembrance Day, and Vancouver Co-op Radio's Beautiful Minds program was exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a very common psychiatric diagnosis many of our veterans and troops struggle with. The diagnosis of PTSD originated through war (in WWI many soldiers had a similar cluster of symptoms which was then known as "shell shock"). Since then, we have continued to get more perspective on how PTSD can affect military, but also the general population.

I was lucky enough to be interviewed about my personal experience with PTSD as a mental health professional. When I agreed to the interview, I was worried to "go public" about a very personal process I was ashamed of for a long time. However, I sincerely believe that in order for us to be more gentle with ourselves and heal, we have to be open and honest about our struggles. I hope that my interview has decreased some of the stigma of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, especially for professionals in the healthcare field. Please feel free to have a listen (click the link below), it's about 20 minutes long, and my interview starts at the 22 minute mark.

What are your thoughts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Please feel free to post comments below. Thanks!

Jennifer

 

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