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Here are some PTSD talking points that may help

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)*

 Definition:   Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event like the Orlando nightclub attack.  It can also occur in people who have experienced a natural disaster, a serious accident, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.   These traumatic events can lead to distressing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, and vivid upsetting memories. 

Important points:

1.       PTSD symptoms vary from person to person.  A person may not appear sad or afraid, but may be angry, reckless, moody, withdrawn, jumpy, forgetful, or hard to talk to and get along with. PTSD is diagnosed when the person has had symptoms for longer than 1 month.

2.       Symptoms often begin within the first 3 months after the trauma, but they may appear even later.

3.       DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) makes clear that the trauma must involve real or threatened death.  Learning that a family member has died from natural causes or watching a terrorist attack on the evening news does not meet the standards for the diagnosis.

4.        People with PTSD often relive the experience through sudden disturbing memories that involve what they saw, felt, heard, or smelled, as if the event were happening again. They may have distressing dreams, intense fear, helplessness, nightmares, and problems sleeping, and feel detached or distant.

5.        Some people with PTSD may have changes in thinking and mood. They may make vague and extreme negative statements about themselves or others, such as “I always had bad judgment” or “People in authority can’t be trusted.” They may blame themselves or others for the trauma.

6.        About one-half of adults who have PTSD will fully recover within 3 months, while some have symptoms longer than a year and sometimes for more than 50 years.

7.       Children can also develop PTSD and at first may be restless or confused after the traumatic event. They also may show intense fear and sadness. Their play often reflects the trauma they lived through or witnessed. DSM-5 has set guidelines for children age 6 and younger who have this disorder to detect their unique symptoms


The Tragedy of the Orlando Shooting

In the early hours of the morning on June 12 at Pulse, a club for the LGBT community in Orlando filled to capacity on Latin Night, a lone gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50.  He was killed by law enforcement.  There were many heroes that night.  People at the club who helped those who survived, some with horrible injuries, law enforcement officers, first responders and trauma teams at the Level I trauma center just blocks way and countless volunteers who have come forward to help victims and their families in large and small ways with tremendous kindness and generosity.

How You Can Assist to find out how you can assist with disaster relief anywhere in Florida,
or check out the 
Medical Reserve Corps here.


American Academy of Child&Adolescent Psychiatry

Words Matter: A Guide to Reporting on Mental Health Conditions

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App.


Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Restoring Wellbeing in Children After Disaster PDF (229.09 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
Recovery After Witnessing a Traumatic Event PDF (75.21 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
Providing Safety Recovery and Hope to Communities PDF (219.89 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
PFA Support Well Being of Disaster Victims PDF (103.04 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
Stress Management after Disaster PDF (92.91 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
In the Wake of Tragedy PDF (138.78 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
Funerals and Memorials Part of Recovery PDF (90.91 KB) Administration 6/20/2016
Communication Anticipating Responding to Stressful PDF (98.98 KB)  more ] Administration 6/20/2016
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