What’s the difference between PTSD and other traumatic events?
One day I walked my dog Milo by a house. A barky dog lived there, but on this day that dog did more than bark. He snarled and lunged and bit Milo. Milo came home dripping blood.
Every day after that Milo pulled his leash to give as wide a berth as possible to that house where the dog lived.
One day the people in the house moved and took their barky bitey dog with them.
Every day Milo still tugs his leash to stay as far away from that house as possible.
Does Milo have PTSD?
Milo definitely experienced a traumatic event, and he definitely still reacts when we walk by that house. But he doesn’t have PTSD.
What makes PTSD different is how the traumatic event starts causing reactions in other parts of your life. Milo doesn’t get triggered when we walk by other white picket fences, like he might if he had PTSD. Milo doesn’t get upset when other dogs bark. And he doesn’t have dreams at night that wake him up with memories of having been bitten.
Trauma vs. PTSD
The NIMH page says this about the difference between a traumatic experience and PTSD.
“Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.”
This is a good page to check out for signs and symptoms of PTSD: PTSD Signs and Symptoms
Does your past impact your present?
Everyone of us has stored trauma. Some of us have PTSD. In either case, this is where The ICE Method comes in. This is what I’ve been helping people with for years – removing stored trauma from our brain and our body.
Are you still reacting to past events?
If you want to get over them, The ICE Method is straightforward and effective. Learn about the 8-week and the 12-week programs at www.NoPTSD.com