Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an acute anxiety disorder that develops after a person has undergone an event which causes psychological trauma. People suffering from this disorder find themselves unable to lead a normal life and fear the re-occurrence of negative events from the past. Its symptoms and its treatment are discussed in the following links.
When you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, new losses, abuses, traumas, and tragedies trigger the pain of old traumas. The effect is very much like ripping the scab off an old wound.
BPD and PTSD are usually intertwined; therefore, I’m going to focus my next few posts on PTSD. To start, here’s a great booklet from the National Institute of Mental Health: nimh_ptsd_booklet.pdf.