Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post traumatic stress disorder which is also referred to as PTSD, is a condition developed due to exposure to a violent or disturbing event that results in severe psychological trauma. This can occur to a person of any age, and events such as natural disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes can trigger PTSD in an individual. The most common incidence is that of war and domestic abuse. A child who was violently beaten by a parent or a marine going back home after long months  fighting a war are the usual victims of post traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms of PTSD fall into three categories; reliving, avoidance and arousal. “Reliving” pertains to the patients’ compulsive need to “relive” or remember constantly the traumatic events that happened which results in the disturbance of the individuals’ day to day activities. This usually occurs through nightmares when the person is in deep sleep or in sudden flashbacks during daytime. “Avoidance” points to the feeling of an individual in which he doesn’t care about anything or anyone because of the experience. It shows in the lack of interest in everyday activities and the sense of detachment of the individual.

The last symptom “arousal” is the feeling of being startled easily of the person and having difficulty concentrating on any given task. This is also accompanied by sudden outbursts of anger. Immediate treatment is necessary because if PTSD is left unchecked on an individual, it will only get worse as time passes. That’s why most survivors are given psychiatric help right away after a disaster or any disturbing event. This can also be seen being done on army troops returning from battlefields, to have them evaluated after duty and do the necessary psychological treatments.

A good outcome can be expected once an early diagnosis is made and prompt treatment is conducted on a victim of PTSD. A strong social support from family members and close friends can also speed up the recovery process of the individual.

We’ve all had our share of stresses, distressing events, and worries affecting us for a short period of time. Irritability, fatigue, and sleeplessness are symptoms of experiencing trauma over a certain reason. But when a person continues to exhibit these symptoms for more than a month, then it is safe to say that he is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
    
PTSD’s symptoms include loneliness, unnecessary worrying over small things, lack of sleep, and even drug addiction. It is a very incapacitating disorder which often requires special treatment at a PTSD center. Now, how can you overcome this?

    There is a lot of ways to handle PTSD. Some of the most essential ones are as follows:

1.    Explain your condition to your loved-ones. Let them know the symptoms and help them understand what you are dealing with.

2.    Learn to accept the fact that you’re suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But do not fret studies show that sooner or later, you will be able to overcome this.

3.    Spend time with family and friends and participate in group activities and seminars dealing with PTSD. Certainly, there is a lot available near your place .

4.    Look for programs providing helpful therapies for PTSD patients like you. Look also for a therapist specializing in post traumatic stress disorder who can definitely help you.

5.    Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Never be shy telling him or her your concerns since listening to patients’ problems is every doctor’s expertise. After discussing your concerns, follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding PTSD.
 
6.    Look for somebody, perhaps your parent or your bestfriend, who you can fully-trust in helping you overcome PTSD. Keep in mind that this chosen person should be a good listener and isn’t judgmental.

7.    Have a well-balanced, healthy diet and exercise. Doing so will surely give you the necessary energy and relief from stress brought to you by PTSD.

8.    Have regular checkups to monitor your health and to discuss your post-traumatic stress disorder with your doctor.

    Though all of the ways mentioned above are certainly effective in overcoming PTSD, learning to accept that you are suffering from it is still the best way to start taking the necessary steps in battling against this disorder. Again, do not worry since whatever happens, you will overcome this sooner or later.