Although PTSD is often associated with individuals facing hardships during military service, the condition can occur to anyone who has experienced a life-changing event.
Thousands of Kentuckians have just experienced the most traumatic event of their lives as devastating tornados ripped through their towns, leveling homes, businesses, and taking innocent lives along with it.
Structures can be rebuilt and a new page will eventually be turned in the lives of those affected, but the somber truth is that their mental health may never recover.
Unfortunately, some victims will experience PTSD continually through the remainder of their lives.
The effects of PTSD are debilitating and can be triggered by everyday sights and sounds.
“Everyone talks about how a tornado sounds like a locomotive coming right? So, you know, hearing a train in the distance my, all the sudden, take them back to where they were,” said clinical therapist William Creasmen.
Experts have said talking about the trauma and seeking professional help can ease the symptoms of PTSD.
The hardest part about seeking help is admitting you do. It is our job as neighbors, family, and friends to guide those who we care about during this process.
The sheer destruction of the tornados is what has made headlines, but the emotional stress of Kentuckians affected will leave much deeper scars.