After the physical wounds heal, the hidden emotional and psychological wounds of trauma can be persistent and distressing.
The rate of PTSD continues to rise, but not only for military veterans. Survivors of natural disasters, occupations that expose individuals to trauma (e.g. medical, journalists, etc.), and sexual and physical abuse may also be negatively impacted by trauma. The path to recovery is different for each survivor and “getting better” means different things to different people. Treatment can cause a positive and meaningful change in symptoms and quality of life for those who seek help….much better outcomes for people who receive no treatment at all.
You can read more of Ishrat Ansari’s article “Aftershocks of Trauma:The War Within” at the Express Tribune.