Updated: Dec 22, 2021
PTSD and the holidays
For those with post-traumatic stress disorder, the holiday period can cause a lot of stress and may result in exposure to the common PTSD triggers. One of the main risks for PTSD sufferers over the holiday season is the tendency for group gatherings with family and friends. Dec. 9, 2019 https://www.ptsdgroup.com/ptsd-during-the-holidays/#:~:text=For%20those%20with%20post%2Dtraumatic,gatherings%20with%20family%20and%20friends.
For me it is those same get-togethers that cause my stress to send me overboard. And to my family it looks as though I am ungrateful and dismissive of family. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Pay attention to your feelings when this holiday comes on, they may help keep you sane. During recovery you will gain new skills that allow you to be around others during the holidays and avoiding family will not always be necessary.
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