Anonymous said: I know PTSD is very real, but what about secondary PTSD? Is that a legitimate illness?

theangrytherapist:

I had my trauma specialist, MC, answer your question. 

Secondary PTSD is absolutely a legitimate illness. Though we commonly think that PTSD only happens to people who directly experience trauma, that’s not true. Studies show that who support those who have PTSD - family members, partners, and counselors - end up suffering from the symptoms of PTSD as much as 30% of the time. In my experience, PTSD and secondary PTSD are very much the same - the intrusive thoughts, hypervigilance, nightmares, feeling like the world is permanently unsafe, and so on - can be present in both the person who directly experienced the trauma as well as those who support them in their journey to adapt to PTSD. People who are suffering from secondary PTSD often feel a lot of shame and guilt about it. They feel like they aren’t entitled to the diagnosis because they didn’t suffer the way that their clients (or friends, or spouses) did. In my opinion, it’s not something to be ashamed of at all - it’s actually a sign of incredible, deep and meaningful empathy. It means that you are feeling with the person who went through the trauma so deeply that your body and brain are tricked into believing that the story is actually happening to you
I think we need to redefine trauma and PTSD. PTSD is not a mental illness, it’s a sign of incredible strength and ability to adapt. After all, the trauma response is automatic, PTSD is simply an injury that leads to an inability to shut that automatic response down. 
In the same way, secondary PTSD is not a sign of weakness or exaggeration, it’s a sign of incredible empathy and desire to help some one out of the crushing isolation that is trying to swallow them.
- Catalyst MC

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"No one should be made to feel like crap just for being who they are"

Another powerful and thought-provoking campaign by BeyondBlue…

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I’ll probably just wear T-shirts forever.

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micdotcom:

Doctors bow to 11-year-old boy for selfless final gesture 

He was able to do more for the world in his 11 years than most of us could accomplish in 100.
The boy on the gurney in that powerful photo is 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi, and according to a QQ news story translated by chinaSMACK, he decided to donate his kidneys and liver after suffering from an eventually fatal brain tumor.
The operation was performed in June, and doctors bowed to Yaoyi and his mother three times in recognition of his sacrifice.
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micdotcom:

Doctors bow to 11-year-old boy for selfless final gesture 

He was able to do more for the world in his 11 years than most of us could accomplish in 100.

The boy on the gurney in that powerful photo is 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi, and according to a QQ news story translated by chinaSMACK, he decided to donate his kidneys and liver after suffering from an eventually fatal brain tumor.

The operation was performed in June, and doctors bowed to Yaoyi and his mother three times in recognition of his sacrifice.

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