As much as we all try to make it through life experiencing only happy and peaceful times, many people endure traumatic events at one point or another. And, while, we’d like to think that once the event has finished we will simply move on and pretend like it never happened, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often develops after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which intense physical harm has occurred or was threatened. Sufferers of this disorder have persistent and frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal.
Traumatic Events That Can Trigger PTSD
- Violent personal assaults
- Natural or human-caused disasters
- Military combat
Sufferers of PTSD Can Exhibit Symptoms in Any or All of Three Different Categories
1. Re-experiencing Symptoms
- Flashbacks that incorporate the physical sensations being remembered
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
These types of symptoms can be triggered by words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the ordeal.
2. Avoidance Symptoms
- Avoiding places, events, and objects that are reminders of the experience
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
- Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
- Having trouble remembering the dangerous event
These symptoms may cause a person to change their personal routine, creating even more disruption to their life.
3. Hyperarousal Symptoms
- Be easily startled
- Feel tense or “keyed up”
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Have angry outbursts
These feelings and symptoms generally occur on a constant basis and make the person feel even more stressed or angry.
Information For PTSD Treatment
Experts generally recommend psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two for the sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through psychotherapy, the patient will discuss the actual event and learn ways to manage their symptoms. Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps the individual recognize and regulate trauma-related thoughts and beliefs. Above all, therapy helps the person understand that a disorder like this one develops because of extraordinary stress, not because of weakness.
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