From Date - Aug 26, 2020


There has been a lot of media attention surrounding PTSD and other stress-related disorders. We should be asking what can we as a society do to help individuals who suffer from these disorders and is there anything we can do to prevent these stress reactions from becoming disorders?


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To do this we need to shine a light on the causes, recognise the symptoms, and develop effective remedies. As with all mental disorders, awareness and openness about the existence of disorders such as PTSD, what the symptoms are and what treatments are available, is key. Without diagnosis and acceptance of a problem, it is impossible to find any clear remedy.

With PTSD in particular, we tend to think that “it only happens to soldiers”. This means that our view of such matters is distorted to the extreme, and therefore treatments poor at best and more frequently non-existent. This leads to those who suffer from disorders feeling various degrees of isolation, dysfunctionality, worthlessness, and depression. Our attitudes towards sexual abuse, for example, have been positively archaic until recently. In many places on the planet, the consequences of such abuse are still not recognised. We here at e5-portfolio are consistently dealing with adolescents who manifest symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and in the more extreme cases PTSD. We can see that many of today's youth feel alone in their interconnected world. It is as though they are all in their own little holes in a huge field. It is our job as e5-mentors, offer them a hand, and help them up to the surface. From there they can suddenly see the light, they have a 360-degree vista and at that point, they can start to plot the path to their own destiny.