I have been very fortunate to have had support multiple times in my life. Very recently, I went through a terrible divorce after a 14-year abusive marriage. As things piled on after leaving my ex-husband, just when I thought it would get better, I began to spiral downward. Then I reached out to a person I thought was a friend, whom I had helped through a dark time, and they weren’t there for me. It was then that I thought I had nowhere to turn. That same day my cousin reached out and asked me to come to a family BBQ. It felt like I had been in a room in complete darkness and a door had been opened. Having someone offer support to me was huge. It helped me start getting the help I needed.
I think it is so important that the community and organizations offer support for PTSD. I believe we could help so many people not only to get diagnosed but to learn to manage the disorder. Maybe one day we’ll find a way to truly treat it.