If you're not sure whether or not someone is suffering from PTSD, start with 'The Hunger Games.'

My hope is that someone sees these images and feels less alone ... and gets help.

That's why I'm sharing it here.

Post traumatic stress disorder is:

Being easily startled

Flashbacks — reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like racing heart or sweating

Feeling tense or "on edge"

Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry

Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience

Having difficulty sleeping and/or bad dreams

Feeling emotionally numb

Losing interest in in activities that were enjoyable in the past

PTSD is serious.

From the Mayo Clinic:

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources:
— Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
— Contact a minister, a spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.
— Call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
— Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider or other health care professional.

There are ways to get help. You can get better.

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Albert Einstein

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