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A Thought Experiment for Understanding PTSD

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So many people have asked me what it is like to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “What do you mean you it feels like your memories aren’t really in the past?” they ask me.

They genuinely want to know. And genuinely seem to not understand. So here is a thought experiment for you. Close your eyes and imagine standing in the midst of a maze of your memories.

Your maze is made of pale, stone panels onto each of which is projected a memory that plays over and over. You begin to walk through your maze and a familiar face on a sunny day brings you to a pause.

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