As families across the country plan their Independence Day celebrations, some people with posttraumatic stress (PTSD), are preparing for a rough weekend. The sudden, sharp sounds of firecrackers can be jarring to already-anxious people. Tofolks with post-traumatic stress, fireworks may trigger memories of combat, leading to flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety, and other unpleasant symptoms. It’s not just veterans who struggle with these symptoms, though. A rape survivor may be startled and frightened by the sudden crackle of fireworks, while a person with traumatic memories of a natural disaster may mistakenly interpret the fireworks as the sound of another natural disaster.
So please be kind and minimize the unwanted use of firecrackers around residential areas.
Have a good 4th of July!!