Insight into PTSD

Causes, Symptoms, and Ways to Help


Post-traumatic stress disorder can cripple a person—their relationships may end up strained, they could lose their job, and they might feel that recovery is impossible. Hope exists for people with PTSD and healing is possible. In this post, produced in cooperation with the Association for Biblical Counseling, counselor Dr. Jeremy Lelek walks through what causes PTSD, the signs to look for, and how he counsels patients with PTSD. 

Jeremy is the President of both the Association of Biblical Counselors and Metroplex Counseling in Dallas, Texas and he wrote Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Recovering Hope



PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, occurs when someone endures a traumatizing experience like war, violence, or rape. Some symptoms of PTSD include anger, irritability, night terrors, harsh reactions to loud noises, and withdrawal.  

How did Jeremy define PTSD? What causes or symptoms stood out to you? Why?
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Have you or someone you know experienced the symptoms of PTSD? How did they affect you and your relationships?
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Have you ever been diagnosed with PTSD? If so, how did you realize you had PTSD? What traumatic event triggered your symptoms? If not, when have you encountered PTSD?
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People with PTSD experienced a traumatic event and still suffer emotional and psychological side effects. There are practical ways to come alongside someone who suffers from PTSD. In this next video, Jeremy walks through how he counsels PTSD patients.  



Jeremy said it’s best to start helping someone with PTSD by asking their story. Listen well and enter into their brokenness—show them you care. Then, pull in truth from Scripture to point out the hope of Christ. Focus next on refining their desires and beliefs that originate from their trauma. 

If you’ve struggled with PTSD, how has sharing your story helped you move toward health? If you don’t have PTSD, how might coming alongside someone with PTSD benefit them?
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When tragedy strikes, why do you think it’s easy to question God? When have you wrestled with God’s existence? What truths about God or Scriptures helped you in your times of difficulty?
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Jeremy said our beliefs and desires often result from our past experiences. What desires or belief systems can you trace back to unhealthy roots? What might it look like to retrain your beliefs and desires toward health?
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If you have or think you have PTSD, how could you take practical steps toward healing? What professionals, leaders, or friends could you talk to this week to find help? If you know someone with PTSD, how could you support and encourage them this week?
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If you have PTSD, get help. You aren’t alone and there is hope for healing. Recognize the symptoms in yourself and identify the traumatic events at the root of your behavior—it’s the first step toward health. If you don’t have PTSD, listen to your friend who endured trauma. Walk with them as they journey toward healing. 


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