Does PTSD Really Exist?

You know if I’m writing that title there must be a point, right? As a matter of fact, I have actually had people tell me that PTSD doesn’t exist; it was all just a figment of my mind and I didn’t respond properly to trauma.


There is no ‘proper’ response to trauma. There is only the response that makes sense to you at the time. In every moment you are always doing the best you can.

So here’s the point of the title, “Does PTSD Really Exist?” What if PTSD isn’t a figment of our imagination but a figment of the imagination of those trained to help us? Herb Cohen, my guest on this week’s episode of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA, believes the PTSD label is how the clinical world bills, justifies and imagines treating us. He says,

“There is no such disease state as PTSD. [It is a] normal reaction and adaption for survival of horrible life events. While the adapted behaviors seem maladaptive and at times even destructive, anyone would respond in an adaptive manner if they experienced helplessness and an unsafe or unloving situation. It would not mean I/they have a disease. I speak only from clinical experience and not from any cited evidence based research.”

I like his perspective, don’t you?! According to Herb there are three recent developments that open the road for creating a major shift in how we approach recovery from emotional trauma. He’ll outline those ways and discuss their implications on our next episode later today at 2pm EST/11am PST.

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