Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (better known as “PTSD”) is an anxiety disorder that involves feelings of distress that result from a past trauma.
PTSD is known to affect people who have undergone extreme situations like war or emotionally significant ones such as the death of a loved one.
Though most people are unaware of it, dealing with the emotional effects of serious illness can also lead to PTSD. People who have a potentially fatal or even chronic condition have to face challenges healthy people do not. They wonder if they will ever recover, how their life will be changed, and whether they will even survive. Even after recovering, people who have experienced serious illness may continue to worry about the return of their condition. This is a particular concern of people who struggle with cancer.
The feeling of not having control over one’s life can be very stressful. Memories of a trauma can also be highly unpleasant and affect present behaviors and choices.
An article for the Washington Post describes how a little girl who was once diagnosed with leukemia and her family are still affected by her battle with the illness. Certain settings and things in their environment can trigger bad memories of when they were worried their loved one would not survive.
To read the article about the brave child who beat leukemia, visit the link below. The writer also discusses how PTSD is affecting other people who have had cancer.