The Blue Rose

Mission:  Healing Through Art 

  • Goal:  Empowering victims to break the silence and find their voice

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder developed after experiencing or witnessing life threatening/traumatic events: such as military combat, physical assault (domestic violent relationship), rape, torture, mugging, abduction, accidents (car, plane, or train crash), terrorist attacks, natural disasters (floods, tsunami, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions) People with PTSD often suffer from:

Initial PTSD reactions are often the "calm before the storm"  the victim may present as calm and mild tearfulness, numb, full of denial and avoidance with increase depression


       People with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often suffer from re-experience, avoidance and numbing,

increase anxiety and emotional arousal with other  symptoms that affect daily life. 


  • intrusive upsetting memories of the event
  • flashbacks acting or feeling like the event is happening again
  • nightmares of the event or other frightening things
  • feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
  • intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating

Avoidance and numbing

  • avoiding activities, places, thoughts or feelings that remind you of the trauma
  • inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • loss of interest in activities and life in general
  • feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
  • sense of a limited future; don't expect to live a normal life span, get married, and have a career
  • suffer from isolation

Increase anxiety and emotional arousal

  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • irritability or outbursts of anger
  • difficulty concentrating
  • hyper vigilance "red alert"
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled

other common symptoms

  • anger and irritability
  • guilt shame or self-blame
  • substance abuse
  • feeling of mistrust and betrayal
  • depression and hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • feeling alienated and alone
  • physical aches and pains




Extreme Mood Swings


trouble sleeping


inability to make decisions

Panic Attacks










  • When talking to a victim use patience and understanding 

    Trauma victims always feel like a victim in life:

    ​Don’t rush them into telling you
    Believe them
    Don’t make promises you cannot keep
    Don’t react violently – you can take away their trust in you
    Don’t blame them 
    Don’t get too emotional – try to keep it together in front of them
    Don’t minimize what they are feeling – secure their feelings and doubts if they say things like “they deserved it” or “it was punishment for being bad”
    Don’t ask leading questions
    ​Don’t take trauma Symptoms personally
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