PTSD Quotes: Empathetic Words When Facing Trauma
PTSD quotes, with their concise and profound nature, can offer comfort and encouragement to those navigating the complexities of PTSD.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that affects individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD can be debilitating, causing emotional distress, anxiety, and intrusive memories. However, amidst the challenges of living with PTSD, there are sources of strength and inspiration that can provide solace and hope.
In this post, we explore the power of quotes and present a collection of quotes that may resonate with individuals on their healing journey.
“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” Danielle Bernock
“The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease. And it can lead to a range of self-destructive behaviors.” Peter A. Levine
“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” Susan Pease Banitt
“Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shock after the impact of a major loss.” Anne Grant
“PTSD occurs following a trauma that was so awful that in retrospect you don’t understand how you survived. What that causes is an extreme feeling of vulnerability that you get past but that doesn’t go away.” Mark Goulston
Unlike simple stress, trauma changes your view of your life and yourself. It shatters your most basic assumptions about yourself and your world — “Life is good,” “I’m safe,” “People are kind,” “I can trust others,” “The future is likely to be good” — and replaces them with feelings like “The world is dangerous,” “I can’t win,” “I can’t trust other people,” or “There’s no hope.” Mark Goulston MD
“After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” Arthur Golden
“I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seen.” Dave Parnell
Quotes About PTSD & Trauma
“The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.” Judith Lewis Herman
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”
“A lot of people who have experienced trauma at the hands of people they’ve trusted take responsibility, and that is what’s toxic.” Hannah Gadsby
“A great loss brings up an emotional storm that opens up a hidden reservoir of childhood pain” Pete Walker
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” Fred Rogers
“There is no timestamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient. Take up space. Let your journey be the balm.” Dawn Serra
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank
“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” Peter A. Levine
“I decided a very long time ago that I would refuse to be defined by trauma and would only be defined by success, when and where it comes.” Rege-Jean Page
“Every single one of us will have our life interrupted, whether it’s by the ripcord of a diagnosis or some other kind of heartbreak or trauma that brings us to the floor. We need to find a way to live in the in-between place, managing whatever body and mind we currently have.” Suleika Jaouad
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” Laurell K. Hamilton
“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” Robert H. Schuller
“The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect.” Peter A. Levine
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” C.G. Jung
Quotes have the power to uplift, inspire, and validate the experiences of those living with PTSD.
By recognizing the strength and resilience within themselves, those with PTSD can find solace and inspiration in the wisdom shared by others.
May these quotes serve as a reminder that healing is possible and that individuals with PTSD are not alone in their struggles.
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