Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Trilby Kite

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness triggered by a traumatic, or scary event. The victims of PTSD have either witnessed or experienced this event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious disorder that can lead to self-harm, depression, and in some cases death.

A lot of people relate PTSD to military veterans, but they are not the only ones who suffer from this. Anyone can suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you have been assaulted, lost someone close to you, been in an accident or a war, or even just been in a horrible storm, you are susceptible to PTSD.

About 5 million people in the United States suffer from PTSD each year. PTSD can happen at any point of a person's life, including childhood. Almost 8 million Americans are assumed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sometime throughout their life.

In most cases, the symptoms will start to show within 2-3 months after the traumatic event. You can tell if someone has PTSD if they relive the event that happened, avoid things that remind them of the event, or show many different changes in personality. Some of these changes include anger, insensitivity, insomnia, or be spastic. Physical changes are high blood pressure and heart rate, nausea, and muscle tension.

Doctors' main goals with PTSD patients are to keep the emotional and physical symptoms to a controllable amount. Most medications used are antidepressants, to control the anxiety and of course the depression that sometimes comes with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Other recommendations are therapy, so that the patient can talk out what happened in their terrifying experience.

To learn more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you can go to support groups and learn people's stories. You can also talk to many doctors or survivors of PTSD. To prevent PTSD from getting out of hand, or from even occurring, you can intervene with people who have experienced a traumatic event.


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