Anybody who has suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) / complex post traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) knows that the mental torment and anguish it entails can be extreme and unremitting.
Frustratingly (putting it mildly), such pain is impossible to describe in words to those who have been fortunate enough never to have experienced such conditions much in the same way as it would not be possible to describe to a person who has been blind from birth what it’s like to experience the color red (or any other color, for that matter).
It may well be useful, therefore, to outline the findings of the following study which helps to demonstrate how desperate sufferers of PTSD may become to be free from their ineffable suffering.
THE STUDY :
Zoellner and Feeny (2011) carried out interviews with 184 individuals who had been diagnosed with PTSD.
Two main findings that help convey just how desperate people can be to be free from the constant distress PTSD can induce were as follows :
- On average, participants in the study said they would be prepared to undergo a treatment that would completely cure their PTSD even if such a treatment carried 13 per cent risk of resulting in their immediate death.
- On average, participants said they would be prepared to give up 13.6 years of their lives to be relieved of their PTSD symptoms.
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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).