I want to begin this post by offering my condolences to those affected by the recent Las Vegas shooting. I can only imagine the pain you are feeling. I hope that you are able to access the care and support you need to heal as best you can from this traumatic event.
Whenever a tragedy involving a lone gunman and multiple fatalities takes place, we wonder why it happened. What went wrong? Our social media feeds buzz with conversations about politics, gun control, and mental illness. Often, we tend to center the mental illness discussions on what kind of mental health problems the shooter may have had, and what kind of treatment he did or did not receive. I haven’t seen the Las Vegas shooter accused of having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but past perpetrators of similar acts have been speculated to have PTSD. Is it true? Does having PTSD make people more prone to committing acts of extreme violence?
I don’t usually do this, but today I published my first “real” post on HealthyPlace, besides my introduction of course. I wanted to share it with you, because it’s about something that ruled my life for many years–the unfairness of the universe. Or rather, of trauma. So check it out! You’ll be re-directed to HealthyPlace, so don’t forget to come back and read more posts on Betty’s Battleground when you’re done here. Ta!
“Everyone experiences trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differently, but one fact is universally true: trauma is unfair. Living with PTSD is also unfair. Nobody deserves to be traumatized. So how do we decide to heal from something that should never have become our burden in the first place?”