Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Affects 7 to 8 of Every 100 Persons During Their Lifetime

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is primarily associated with military personnel returning from active duty, or men and women who have previously served in combat.  But this disorder can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic or terrifying event.  Persons who have been through a physical or sexual assault, physical or verbal abuse, serious accident or a disaster can also develop PTSD.

  • PTSD is an anxiety disorder someone may develop after experiencing or witnessing an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death
  • According to the National Center for PTSD, 7-8 out of 100 people will encounter PTSD during their lifetime
  • Women are more likely to experience PTSD than men

Symptoms:

  • Flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event
  • Usually begin within a month of the event but can appear years afterward
  • May cause social or work problems, relationship difficulty
  • May impair or interfere with normal daily tasks
  • Emotional numbness, angry outbursts, acute guilt or worry
  • Avoidance of thoughts or situations that are reminders of the trauma
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Detachment from friends and family
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Self-destructive behavior

Symptoms may increase over time.  If these symptoms last for more than one month, or you or someone you know is having difficulty getting their life back under control after a traumatic event, they should seek professional medical help.

Risk Factors:

  • Experiencing Intense and prolonged trauma
  • Being abused as a child
  • Employment that increases the possibility that you will be exposed to a traumatic event(s), such as military personnel or first responders
  • Seeing someone severely hurt or a corpse
  • Feeling extreme fear or helplessness
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety or depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Lack of social or family support after an event
  • History of mental illness, or mental illness in family

Prevention:

Getting help is vital! Turning to friends and family who will listen and offer comfort may be an option.  Another is to reach out for help within your faith community.  Also, finding a mental health professional that can diagnose and treat PTSD is important.  They can address the issues and perhaps provide a course of therapy. 

Sources:

mayoclinic.org

nimh.nih.gov

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