Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?
post traumatic stress disorder is (PTSD) a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.
An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people.) have PTSD during the course of a given year
- Reliving or re-experiencing the trauma
- Attempts to avoid thoughts, situations, or people that are reminders of the trauma
- Increased anxiety or arousal, including being constantly on guard for danger, and being easily startled
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of counseling. Research shows it is the most effective type of counseling for PTSD. The VA is providing two forms of cognitive behavioral therapy to Veterans with PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy.
getting help includes therapy and support from your family
NAMI-National Alliance of Mental Illness