Man Finds Comfort in Walking
October 13, 2016
Mr. Wardley suffers from PTSD and can often be seen walking down North Brickyard and North Springs Road waving and greeting every car that passes him while he walks.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops in people who have experienced a shocking, scary or dangerous situation in their lives. PTSD will affect 7.8% of Americans in their lifetime and is twice as likely to affect women more than men.
The National Center of PTSD gives an insight to the causes of PTSD and treatment options. PTSD can be caused by many things, from a horrific event to getting hurt. Some Examples of PTSD are veterans that come back from serving the country and have seen a horrific event are at a high risk for PTSD. Treatment for PTSD can consist of medications like antidepressants and talk-therapy in which the patient talks about their traumatic experience.
Mr. Wardley takes an unorthodox approach to his therapy, “My walking releases a lot of stress and anxiety, I suffer from PTSD.” Says Wardley. Mr. Wardley also enjoys seeing all the people in the morning. “I enjoy the people that I see traveling to and from where they are going, most people are very polite, they give me plenty of space to walk along the road in places where there are no sidewalks.”