PTSD Quotes

“It’s a war within yourself that never goes away.”

– Unknown

This is one of the most profound statements about PTSD that you will ever read, and although the symptoms of PTSD vary according to the individual, one of the most common symptoms of PTSD is living the event over and over again in your memory and mind.

Quotes About PTSD

“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

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is often triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. 

PTSD nightmares aren’t always exact replays of the event. Sometimes they replay the emotions you felt during the event, such as fear, helplessness, and sadness.”

Alice Cariv

Flashbacks are like waking nightmares. These can be described as intense, repeated episodes of re-living the traumatic experience even when you are awake. Flashbacks can come on suddenly and feel uncontrollable.

“It isn’t in my past. It’s in my every day.” 

Helen Wilson

An individual may also suffer from uncontrollable thoughts about the event for years to come.

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”  

Susan Pease Banitt

People who suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing intense stress are at risk of developing personality changes with serious individual and social consequences.

It is important to keep in mind that PTSD is a treatable anxiety disorder.

PTSD Awareness Quotes

“When we feel weak, we drop our heads on the shoulders of others. Don’t get mad when someone does that. Be honored. For that person trusted you enough to, even if subtly, ask you for help.”  

Lori Goodwin

PTSD is a real mental disorder that can be treated. People suffering from this disorder should be encouraged to ask for help without feeling any shame.

“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

Trauma has the ability to disrupt and interfere with almost every aspect of an individual’s life.  These individuals tend to suffer, mentally, physically, and socially.  

People who are not suffering from PTSD have bad days but someone who suffers from trauma will experience bad days in a different way, a way that is almost indescribable, unless you or a loved one are the ones going through it yourself. 

Research has proven that victims of traumatic events lose every sense of control over their thoughts and feelings. These individuals also tend to experience a profound sense of vulnerability, loneliness, and isolation. 

“No amount of me trying to explain myself was doing any good. I didn’t even know what was going on inside of me, so how could I have explained it to them?”  

Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

PTSD is classified as a type of complex trauma and psychiatric disorder. This commonly develops after a person has either witnessed or experienced a traumatic or terrifying event in which there has been a threat of physical harm or where physical harm has actually occurred. 

Loving Someone with PTSD Quotes

“When you’re going through these difficult times of chaos and trauma, the most important thing is to keep those who are closest to you together.” 

Michael Imperioli

It is important to remember that a person with PTSD may not always have control over their behavior. 

Your loved one’s nervous system is in a state of constant alert. This will make them feel continually vulnerable and unsafe.  They will often live this traumatic experience over and over again causing them to become angry, irritable and depressed.  It is important that you understand that your loved one can’t just simply choose to turn off these feelings.

“When you love a girl that has lived trauma, when she realizes that you are choosing to love her, and not hurt her, she will love you back with the same kind of tenacity that it took to walk through fire.” 

Tracy Malone

Quotes for Veterans and Soldiers with PTSD

“There are people who come home from war and want to talk about the pain, but no one wants to listen; there are others who want to keep silent and repress the memories, and all their family and friends want is to talk about it. I call this the war veteran reintegration paradox.” 

M.B. Dallocchio

Unfortunately there is a lot of stigma around post-traumatic stress disorder as it is often perceived as a sign of weakness. This can prevent any chance of furthering a soldier’s military career if not addressed and treated accordingly.

“The victims of PTSD often feel morally tainted by their experiences, unable to recover confidence in their own goodness, trapped in a sort of spiritual solitary confinement, looking back at the rest of the world from beyond the barrier of what happened. They find themselves unable to communicate their condition to those who remained at home, resenting civilians for their blind innocence.”  

David Brooks

Asking for help is not easy as many soldier’s do not want others to know that they are receiving treatment or attending a program in order to try and solve their mental and emotional issues.   

“The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.”

Robert Koger

The Red Cross helps active military members and veterans, as well as their families, in every aspect related to the deployment cycle and PTSD.  It has the ability to offer resources in which to help military personal and veterans to be able to cope with their feelings, reactions and stressors.

PTSD Survivor Quotes

The outcomes of trauma can be debilitating and can even feel like it is destroying what seems to be your entire existence. 

Unfortunately, you have one life.  This is your life. Trauma was something that happened and unfortunately things in life happen. It’s what we do with ourselves after the fact that really matters.

“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”

Lori Goodwin

Do not listen to people who tell you that you have to get over your feelings. Remember that this is your life and you are the one who is solely responsible for changing it in your own time frame. Do not force yourself to take giant leaps all at once. Baby steps are enough. Take your healing a day at a time.

“I survived because the fire that burned inside of me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

Unknown

PTSD Inspirational Quotes

“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.”

Amelia Barr

“Healing from trauma can also mean strength and joy. The goal of healing is not a papering-over of changes in an effort to preserve or present things as normal. It is to acknowledge and wear your new life – warts, wisdom, and all – with courage.” 

Catherine Woodiwiss

Recovering from PTSD is an ongoing process that takes time. You will need the help of others to get through it, but there also a few healthy steps that you can take by yourself to help you to recover and stay well.

“Hold yourself back or heal yourself back together. You decide.” 

Brittany Burgunder

Quotes from Celebrities with PTSD 

Most of the world tends to think of celebrities as different entities, almost as if they were from another planet.  How could they suffer from PTSD or depression? They have all that they have ever dreamed off. The fame, the wealth, the lavish lifestyles.

Celebrities are, in fact human too and also go through the same struggles as many other people around the globe do.

Wentworth Miller quote

“I would say what others have said: ‘it gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe… You just have to trust that people are out there waiting to love you and celebrate you for who you are.’ The reality is you might have to be your own tribe. You might have to be your own best friend. That’s not something they are going to teach you in school. So start the work of loving yourself.”

– Wentworth Miller 

Lady Gaga quote

“I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are. But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.”

– Lady Gaga

Dwayne Johnson quote

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you can realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes – it happens – you just feel like you’re alone. And you feel like it’s only you. And you’re in your bubble. And I wish I’d had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s going to be OK. It’ll be OK.’”

– Dwayne Johnson 

Selena Gomez quote

“I had to stop because I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down… If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

– Selena Gomez 

Jennifer Lawrence quote

“I just try to acknowledge that the scrutiny is stressful and that anyone would find it stressful. So I’ve got to try to let it go, and try to be myself, and focus on important things, like picking up dog poop.”

– Jennifer Lawrence

Bob Marley quote

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”

– Bob Marley

In Closing

Recovery from PTSD is a gradual and ongoing process. It is important to note that healing does not just happen overnight, nor do the memories of the trauma ever disappear completely.

This can make sometimes make life seem exceedingly difficult and hard to handle, but there are many steps that can be taken in order to cope with your anxiety and fear.

 “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through, and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” 

Unknown