How PTSD can affect students

Students with PTSD

On a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) forum, a college student cries out for help: “Hey, everyone, I’m having a really hard time with course work right now.” He elaborates, “I’m dissociating a lot right now, and it’s making me pretty dysfunctional some days.

One of the things I have come to learn is some of the differences between a person that has experienced trauma in their life and person that has not. The person that has experienced trauma may have some patterns of behavior like avoidance, hyperarousal, lack of concentration, triggers, flashbacks, hypervigilance, emotional extremes and dissociation. Due to this, they may have some trouble focusing or concentrating and require some personalized attention. By understanding this, we can communicate better and be more effective in teaching someone that has gone through a trauma.

One of the books that taught me the differences in people that have gone through trauma vs. people that have not gone through trauma was “The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk MD”. This book is a must read if you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or have gone through a trauma and never considered having PTSD.