While PTSD usually is associated with single traumatic experiences, research on repeated or chronic trauma describes similar effects: anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, heightened emotional responses such as impulsivity or aggressiveness, substance abuse (e.g., alcohol or opioid), difficulties in relationships, feelings of shame or guilt, even loss of one’s sense of self. Not everyone responds similarly to ongoing stresses, to be sure, but still, don’t some of these reactions ring a bell?
LGBTQ Gulfport Florida
One takeaway at the show’s end is not “this was a terrible tragedy in a town that didn’t welcome gay people” but “this was a terrible tragedy because the town was not honest enough about who they were.”
In light of contemporary Florida politics, perhaps that’s a lesson many communities should heed in advance of another tragedy.