PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. This is a site for people who suffer from or are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (formerly known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – it is not a disorder, it is event related). With this FAQs page, I hope to answer the basic questions you might have in your mind. 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 PTSS. People who have PTSS may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
Forced deportation is a breeding ground for Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome on so many levels. Deportation of immigrants is a horrible business. It’s cruel and unjust in every way but it’s legal because of the current written laws. I grew up with the belief that this country stood for the pursuit of happiness for all – it doesn’t say “only for rich people” anywhere in the constitution but that’s what this country has become.
I hear this phrase frequently. It seems to be a catch-all for unanswerable questions that come up in therapeutic settings. It’s also a cop-out used casually by people who don’t want to deal with the issue at hand. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told, “just let it go!” Wouldn’t it be amazing if it were that easy?