I will spare you the details, but my post-traumatic stress disorder is a direct result of my military service, and bicycling has helped me retain my sanity.

People’s first assumption, when asked about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is that those who have served in the military are the only ones who suffer from it. However, this is not entirely accurate because many different things can set off PTSD symptoms. On the other hand, a violent act, a serious accident, or even a natural disaster could be to blame for the disorder. These are merely a few examples of potential triggers.

I have been having recurring flashbacks of the traumatic event(s), ongoing anxiety, feelings of isolation and loneliness, and irrational outbursts of irritation three to four times a week on average. The condition usually becomes apparent within three months of the traumatic experience; however, it is possible for it to become apparent much later. Even the act of writing this article gives me shivers, but I have no choice but to continue in order to keep my sanity. It is imperative that I raise awareness about PTSD and the many factors that can set it off. It is essential to keep in mind that although my personal experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is connected to my time spent in the military, anyone has the potential to develop this condition. The symptoms I described earlier, such as flashbacks, anxiety, and outbursts of anger, are only a sample of what people who suffer from PTSD may go through on a daily basis.

The fight to keep my sanity is a never-ending one, but I am resolved to keep making progress in life, and riding my bike is one of the activities that helps me do that.

Bike with me, and as a whole, we can attempt to conquer PTSD.