How fireworks affect people with PTSD
Whether it’s New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, or just a weekend get-together during the warmer months, fireworks are present at many local celebrations. However, fireworks aren’t fun for everyone, and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, may struggle with the effects of the bright lights and loud sounds.
Psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Griffeth, himself a Navy veteran, spoke about how fireworks affect people with PTSD and answered common questions about the disorder, including:
- How common is PTSD after a significant trauma?
- Is PTSD more common in military veterans?
- What challenges can those with PTSD face during the Fourth of July and other holidays?
- How can friends and family of those with PTSD help to support them during these times?
- How can someone with PTSD deal with the crowds and loud noises during fireworks-heavy holidays?
- What are some resources for veterans struggling with PTSD?
Veterans suffering from PTSD can also call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-TALK, then press 1, or text 838255. You can also call the SC Hopes support line at 844-724-6737 at any time of day or night, which will connect you with experienced mental health and addiction counselors.
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