Earlier this year I participated in a 22 press-up challenge for 22 days to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A family member and friend of mine are affected by this horrific condition and doing the challenge helped me to understand just how important charities like PTSDUK are, in providing help for these people. On 10th December 2016, I am participating in an Ironman 70.3:
Open water swim (equivalent to a 76 length swim of a 25 meter pool)
56 mile bike ride
13 mile run.
All donations will be given to this amazing charity!
PTSD UK is currently the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder for anyone affected. Evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all.
PTSD is caused by a traumatic event. It’s worth pointing out that the majority of people exposed to traumatic events experience some short-term distress which resolves without the need for professional intervention although unfortunately the small proportion who do develop the disorder are unlikely to seek help. Instead most battle on despite their symptoms and their quality of life is likely to be substantially reduced; evidence suggests that around 70% of people who suffer with PTSD in the UK do not receive any professional help at all. The disorder also impacts upon loved ones, work colleagues and more widely too.
The defining characteristic of a traumatic event is its capacity to provoke fear, helplessness, or horror in response to the threat of injury or death. Examples include:
being told you have a life-threatening illness
violent personal assault, such as a physical attack, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, or mugging
natural or man-made disasters
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Dec 12, 2016
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Dec 8, 2016
Good luck Liz! We know you can do it!
Dec 2, 2016
Good luck Liz. You can do it! Fran
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