Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by reliving a traumatic event such as:
- War-time experience
- Severe burns
- Witnessing a loved one's death
- Being a victim of a serious crime or abuse
- A survivor of a major natural disaster (i.e. Hurricane Katrina)
- Vehicle accidents
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
- Lack of recall concerning parts of the event
- Feeling detached from others
- Horrific memories
Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Whether a person will develop PTSD may depend on how intense and severe the trauma was and how long it lasted. People who already have anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders are more apt to develop post traumatic stress disorder. For those that have had prior trauma, also have an increased risk.
In most instances, the human body is very adept at handling stress; however, in other instances, the individual may feel hopeless and overwhelmed. In fact, the person may begin to feel as if they are "losing their mind." At this point, these feelings may cause the person to have an anxiety disorder such as PTSD. There is usually a stressor or an event that makes the individual feel incapable of dealing with a fear and that ultimately leads to PTSD.
How Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Affect Daily Life
In general, a traumatic event will make a person suffer from fear or feel vulnerable. People with post traumatic stress disorder have trouble coping and getting over traumatic events. Often times, they feel the effects months afterward. People with post traumatic stress disorder are often depressed. As such, people use alcohol and/or drugs as an attempt to handle PTSD; unfortunately, this can lead to substance abuse and addiction.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment
Treatment first begins by addressing some of the behavioral issues associated with PTSD. Early Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven to be very beneficial as it helps expedite the recovery process. As an overall aid to recovery, anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed for PTSD.
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