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03-15-18 Category: Psychological Trauma

Shia LaBeouf speaks about his struggles with PTSD

Any traumatic experience in life can rock an individual to the core. For individuals who endure such misery, the world doesn’t remain a safe place any longer. In fact, the world becomes a place where nasty things can often take place. Significantly, anybody who has witnessed something shocking, dangerous or traumatic could continue to have related problems for a long time even after the initial incident. Such people may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is widely prevalent among military personnel, in reality, any individual who is exposed to trauma is vulnerable to the condition.

Such is the case of American actor and filmmaker Shia LaBeouf, who was the onetime star of Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens.” In a recent interview with Esquire, LaBeouf opened up for the first time about his traumatic childhood, which left a deep scar on his mind. While he was growing up as a child in the San Fernando Valley with his mother Shayna Saide after his parents had a divorce, life took an ugly turn when he overheard a man raping his mother. Vivid memories of the man with a crossbow, running out of the house and his mother running behind him, kept coming repeatedly in LaBeouf’s mind. That ghastly incident drove him crazy to the extent that he even attributed it to his irresponsible drinking behaviors and disorderly conduct.

During his court-ordered stay at a rehab, he learnt that he was battling PTSD. “The first time I got arrested with a real charge, it stemmed from the same (expletive). Some guy bumped into my mother’s car with his car in a parking lot, and my head went right to ‘You need to avenge your mother!’ So I went after the dude with a knife,” said LaBeouf. In fact, the actor said he always felt that someone was coming to assault his mother.

Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD are feeling weighed down with thoughts that remind one of a harrowing  past, experiencing repeated nightmares, and going through painful memories or flashbacks of any tragic incident. Sadly, despite going through enough of stress, not everyone makes an effort to seek professional help to get free from such deplorable condition.

Way forward

Living in a conventional society, where the mere expression of vulnerability is often viewed as a sign of being weak and frail, reinforces the stigma surrounding mental health disorders. Though there are several worthwhile treatments to deal with such conditions, the stigma prevents many from seeking timely medical intervention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that one in 25 American adults, that is approximately 9.8 million, experiences a chronic mental health problem such as PTSD that could interfere with most of their life activities.

PTSD is a severe mental health condition that can affect anybody. If left unaddressed at the earliest, such a condition could snowball into something more serious and complicated in the future. Without professional medical intervention, individuals battling PTSD are more vulnerable to other exacerbated conditions such as drug or alcohol addiction, severe depression and anger management issues.

If you or your loved one is battling PTSD or any other psychological trauma, which continues to interfere with daily life activities, get in touch with Sovereign Health of California that offers a variety of customized PTSD residential treatment programs. Specialists at our world-class PTSD residential treatment centers are trained to identify the underlying causes and prescribe effective treatments as well as group psychotherapy based on a patient’s requirements. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our counselors to know more about our evidence-based treatment programs.

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