The emotional stress of living with a chronic illness is often compounded by other factors. You might feel like a burden on friends and family members, struggle financially, experience physical limitations, and social isolation.
People suffering might feel a sense of crippling fear even when there’s no present threat. One small trigger can bring back all of the horror surrounding the initial trauma making it hard to function. PTSD affects around 8 million people a year in the US alone. Those who suffer have been far misunderstood because of the stigma surrounding mental health.