A message from Patrick Stewart about PTSD

His father was an abuser. Now that Patrick Stewart knows PTSD was a factor, he has a message.

https://www.upworthy.com/his-father-was-an-abuser-now-that-patrick-stewart-knows-ptsd-was-a-factor-he-has-a-message?c=reccon1

Patrick Stewart didn’t realize that his father suffered from PTSD until 2012…

James Saunders (featured in the video) didn’t start having PTSD symptoms right after returning home. It wasn’t until he had a totally unrelated personal tragedy that brought his war experiences flooding back…

1 in 5 veterans develop PTSD or major depression. But 4 in 5 don’t. Don’t assume every veteran is suffering from a mental illness. Veterans are disproportionately affected by mental health issues, but they aren’t the only ones. 1 in 4 college students have been seen by a mental health professional in a given year, but no one assumes that of them…

Combat Stress, the charity Patrick Stewart spoke about, and the National Health Service are the primary ways British vets get care for war-related mental health issues…

People who experience abnormal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that could be attributed to mental health issues don’t seek help because of shame. PTSD symptoms have been stigmatized ever since the “shell shock” days. Veterans who had difficulty adjusting after war were called cowards, lacking in character, malingering, whiny, or weak. To this day, the stigma associated with mental health issues is one of the chief barriers keeping service members and veterans who need care from seeking it out — even if it is available…

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