Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is the characterization or definition of PTSD?

After a terrifying or disastrous event, the effected can develop PTSD, a mental health disorder involving symptoms such as nightmares and anxiety.

How many people are affected by PTSD?

Usually around 5.2 million adults are effected by PTSD total in any year. 7-8% of people will have PTSD some time in their life.

How can someone tell if they have PTSD?

If someone has symptoms such as flashbacks, frightening dreams, avoid places or things related to the event, being easily startled, and many more, if they have enough symptoms for at least a month, they are considered to have PTSD. Many people experience such symptoms after traumatic events, but if it isn't fixed or getting better within a month, they probably have PTSD.

What treatments exist to treat PTSD?

Most of treatments plans, although all are different, involve therapy such as thinking about the event realistically and not blaming themselves, helping them to cope with what may be a reminder to them, and learning methods to reduce anxiety. Sertraline and Paroxetine are two FDA approved PTSD medication, both of which are antidepressants.

How can people get help for the treatment of PTSD?

The best way to get help is to schedule any appointment with your primary care provider or mental health provider. Be prepared to talk about the symptoms, medical information, and any scary events that have happened to you, even way in the past.

What resources are available to help gain knowledge about PTSD?

The US Department of Veterans Affairs website most likely provides most of the information you will need, such as explanations and how to get help, how to help others, videos, treatments, hearing how veterans have gotten through PTSD and more. If there is a specific topic that isn't on that website, even if you search for it, searching Google will usually provide many different results that may be what you are looking for.


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