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Most people have experienced anxiety, but not everybody has an anxiety disorder. ...
If you experience PTSD-like symptoms but they last for less than one month, this is called ‘Acute Stress Disorder’ (ASD).
“Psychological trauma is a bit like having an open physical wound. Treating the wound – disinfecting it and stitching it up, can really hurt. But, wounds need to be treated in order to heal. Once healed, it leaves a scar, as a symbol of your strength because you are a survivor.”
– Amanda, Kids Helpline Counsellor
It can look like lots of different things to different people, but here are some common elements:
Personal strength. Surviving a trauma can highlight different personal strengths and characteristics, like courage or resilience.
Some people experience more positive emotions towards life and focus their time and energy on things they value.
Many people find meaning or peace through their religion, spiritual practices or changes in their world view.
People with PTG tend to have increased social supports, including friends/family who had been through similar situations, and professional supports. If you need support, you can contact Kids Helpline.
Finding meaning or purpose in a trauma can be empowering and people may make life changes that reflect their new values. E.g, providing peer support to a friend going through a similar struggle, or becoming an advocate to create positive change.
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