PTSD is a common and sometimes debilitating mental health condition. Unfortunately, because of the many myths surrounding it, some people don’t get the help they need. Learn why these common myths are false.

After a traumatic event such as abuse, a natural disaster, war, or accident, people may experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition. Symptoms include flashbacks and nightmares and an inability to thrive and fully function in your life. PTSD is more common than you think, affecting about 12 million people annually.

Despite its prevalence, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding PTSD that contribute to the stigmatization and misunderstanding of this complex disorder. Licensed mental health counselor Michelle Ilyayev, LMHC, can help you overcome troubling PTSD symptoms at Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling, a virtual telehealth practice based in Flushing, Queens, New York City, to fully participate and enjoy life again.

Here, the Michelle Silver Lining Mental Health Counseling team debunks some of the most common myths about PTSD, shedding light on the realities and experiences of individuals living with this condition.