The Blue Rose

Mission:  Healing Through Art 

Goal: is to educate, entertain, empower and encourage you to break the silence and find your voice

TRIGGERS- something that sets off a negative emotional response. 

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:

Open the lines of communication... allow the person to check off what applies.  Ask simple questions, but not leading, who, what, when, where, why, how often? 

Check off all traumas that apply:  ___ abandonment ___ alcohol or drug use ___ bullying ___ community violence ___ domestic violence/ intimate partner violence ___ grief ___ LGBTQ societal stigma, bias and rejection ___ medical trauma ___ natural disaster ___ physical abuse ___ sexual abuse ___ terrorism and violence ___ verbal abuse  ​


  • unwelcomed upsetting memories of the event /trauma
  • flashbacks feeling like the event/trauma is happening again
  • nightmares 
  • feelings of intense distress (extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain) when reminded of the event/trauma
  • intense physical reactions ( pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating) to reminders of the event/trauma

Avoidance and numbing

  • keeping away from places that remind you of the event/trauma
  • stopping oneself from thoughts or feeling that remind you of the event/trauma
  • unable to remember important aspects of the event/trauma
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Loss of interest in life in general
  • Feeling detached from others
  • Feeling emotionally numb (not feeling anything)
  • Sense of a limited future; (does not expect to live a normal life span, get married, and have a career.)
  • Suffer from isolation (____solitude, _____wanting to be alone, _____hiding, _______reclusion)

Increase anxiety and emotional arousal

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hyper vigilance enhanced state of sensory
  • sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated
  • intensity of behaviors whose purpose
  • is to detect threats. Accompanied by increased anxiety.
  • Feeling jumpy/easily startled

Other common symptoms

  • Guilt
  • shame
  • self-blame
  • Substance abuse
  • Feeling of mistrust
  • Feeling betrayed
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Suicidal attempts
  • 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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