ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM Trauma or PTSD?
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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After a traumatic or life-threatening event, it is common to have upsetting memories, have trouble sleeping, feel jumpy, or lose interest in things around you. For some people, these reactions do not go away on their own or may even worsen over time. These people may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
WHAT IS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)?
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after a traumatic event. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger, you feel afraid, and believe that you have no control.
Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events can include:
Combat or military exposure
Child sexual or physical abuse
Sexual or physical assault
Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.
Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake.
After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don't go away, or if they get worse, you may have PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD will disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.
HOW DOES PTSD DEVELOP?
People with PTSD have lived through a traumatic event that caused them to fear for their lives. Strong emotions caused by the event create changes in the brain that may result in PTSD.
Most people who go through a traumatic event will experience mild symptoms, yet only some will develop PTSD. It isn't clear why some people develop PTSD and others don't, but some likely factors include:
How intense the trauma was or how long it lasted
If you lost someone you were close to or were hurt
How close you were to the event
How strong your reaction was
How much you felt in control of events
How much help and support you got after the event
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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PTSD?
Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder can be terrifying and will disrupt your life, making it hard to continue with your daily activities.
There are four types of symptoms common to PTSD: reliving the event, avoidance, numbing and feeling keyed up.
RELIVING THE TRAUMATIC EVENT (ALSO CALLED
Bad memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event occurred. You may have nightmares. You may experience what is called a flashback: the feeling that you are going through the event again. Sometimes there is a trigger: a sound or sight that causes you to relive the event.
AVOIDING SITUATIONS THAT REMIND YOU OF THE TRAUMATIC EVENT:
You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking about, thinking about, or remembering the traumatic event.
You may find it hard to express your feelings or even to feel "normal" feelings, including positive or loving feelings toward others. You may lose interest in things going on around you.
FEELING KEYED UP (ALSO CALLED HYPER-AROUSAL):
You may feel "jumpy," believing you must be always on alert and on the lookout for danger. You may startle easily and have problems sleeping. Over time, you may become angry or irritable and have trouble concentrating.
WHAT ARE OTHER COMMON PROBLEMS?
In an effort to cope with the symptoms of PTSD, you may develop problems with alcohol or drugs. Feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair are common. Often the symptoms of PTSD will lead to employment problems, relationship problems, including divorce and violence, and physical symptoms.
CAN CHILDREN HAVE PTSD?
Children can have PTSD too. They may have the symptoms described above or other symptoms depending on how old they are. As children get older their symptoms are more like those of adults. Evaluation by a pediatric psychologist or psychiatrist is recommended.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
When you have PTSD, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. But treatment can help you learn how to cope so that you can get better.
There are good treatments available for PTSD. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to be the most effective type of counseling for PTSD. Medications -- such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) used for the treatment of depression -- are also effective in the treatment of PTSD. (Adapted fromPDRhealth.com)
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