Conversations with Keanue

Blog posts and notes from regular Conversations with Keanue about High Performance Coaching, PTSD, and Being Bold Being Sincere, and Being You.

The Face of PTSD


     A coworker found out that I have PTSD. He made a joke. “I better not piss you off because you might start flipping over tables and killing people.” I know he meant it as a joke, but it wasn’t funny. It’s this type of stigma that makes people not want to admit they have a problem and seek help. No one wants to be thought of as a person that can’t control their anger or as a person on the verge of snapping. It made me ask him what comes to his mind when he thought of PTSD. I was curious. He said whenever he heard of PTSD it was usually because a person had hurt somebody, or was always on the verge of an outburst. I asked him if he got that impression from me, before he found out I had PTSD, and he said no. So I asked him if he would really tread lightly around me and he said he would not walk on eggshells, but he would definitely be more aware of my moods.

     It saddened me that he was so ignorant of the nature of...

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