By: Faye Kirwin
Characters’ lives aren’t easy.
We writers put them through trials, tribulations and
traumas—and sometimes those traumas have lasting effects.
Experiencing a traumatic event can have several repercussions for your characters. A strong sense of fear or anger or sadness, intrusive memories of the event, even nightmares about it—all are possible.
But just because your character has undergone a
trauma and is experiencing some of
the after-effects of that, it doesn’t mean they have Post-Traumatic Stress
Think one of your characters might have PTSD or know one’s going to develop it? First things first, make sure you know what PTSD is, understand what’s necessary to be diagnosed with it, and dispel any misconceptions you might have about it. Then you’ll be one step closer to writing about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a way that’s realistic, sensitive and compelling.
— Psychology & Storycraft
How to Tell If Your Character Has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Important: The information given in these posts comes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). It should not be used to diagnose yourself or others. Leave that to a qualified clinical professional. You can, however, use this information to diagnose your characters. (In fact, I positively encourage it.)
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
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