June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day. While I don’t have any personal experience with PTSD, I learned a tremendous amount about the subject when I edited I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall: Managing Traumatic Stress and Combat PTSD.
This book explains the physiological basis of PTSD, which is a result of severe trauma and is common among sexual victims and combat veterans as well as individuals who have undergone other kinds of trauma. People sometimes they are going crazy or they are weak, but neither is true. Their body is reacting to the extreme trauma they have experienced.
Another common belief is that nothing can be done about PTSD. While there isn’t a magic cure, the condition can be managed. I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall gives lots of practical advice on dealing with PTSD, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who has PTSD or who is dealing with someone with the disorder.