Know what to look for: the 4 big signs of PTSD laid out in less than 4 minutes

Knowing the signs and symptoms of PTSD can save a life. Here are the big four to watch out for.

You may be familiar with the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

You might even think you know what PTSD looks like. But do you know how to tell the difference between run-of-the-mill stress or something more serious?

It's common to have stress after experiencing or witnessing a trauma, like a car accident, natural disaster, military service, or abuse.

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Is racism traumatizing like bullying? Looks like yes.

Think about it. There are a lot of parallels.

Being bullied by your peers is traumatizing.

Bullied children are more likely to have depression, anxiety, substance use problems, or self-harm. It breaks down self-esteem and puts the child on constant alert because the acts of aggression repeatedly occur.

Bullying is more than just being thrown against the lockers or stuffed in a trash can.

Social isolation, name-calling, taunting, and online nastiness may not be as stark, but they're still damaging. Over time, it gets inside a person and tears them down. When bullying is a part of everyday life, it's hard to look in the mirror and feel good about what you see. You're bombarded with negative feedback about who you are. It's especially difficult when it's based on a fundamental part of yourself that you can't (and shouldn't) change.

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She took off her bra and put it over Paul Krugman's face because science.

Sometimes the best science is the mostly useless kind.

When Elena Bodnar was 23 years old, the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded.

At the time, Bodnar had just graduated from medical school. She volunteered to help evacuate and treat local residents affected by the radiation.

She observed that the radioactive iodine in the air was getting into to their lungs and making them sick. Masks were not readily available.

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Let's take a moment to examine how men are treated in video games. (It's not good either.)

Even though video games are predominantly created by men, the way male characters are treated is astoundingly problematic.

His arguments are pretty convincing.


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