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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder #PTSD

Definition

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by either experiencing  or witnessing a terrifying event . Many people go through traumatic events but they don’t get PTSD . With time, help and self-care they get better. But for some the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere in their lives, they may have developed PTSD. Getting effective treatment for PTSD is critical.

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Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can start within three months of  event, but sometimes  may not appear for years afterwards. There are four types of PTSD symptoms: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions.

Intrusive memories

These may include:

  • Recurrent and unwanted distressing memories of  event
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Upsetting dreams about the event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something else that reminds you of event

Avoidance

May include:

  • Avoidant thinking or talking about the  event
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of  event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

These can include:

  • Negative feelings about yourself and or others
  • Unable to experience positive emotions or always focused on negative ones
  • Feeling numbness around emotions
  • Lack of interest in activities you may have liked
  • Feeling hopelessness about the future
  • Difficulty remembering aspects of event itself
  • Close relationships may be difficult to maintain, if any at all

Changes in emotional reactions

May include:

  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Always being hyper-aroused -for dangers of any kind -easily startled or frightened
  • May feel overcome by guilt or shame
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Lack of concentrating or ability to sleeping
  • Being stressed may cause symptoms to vary.

When to see a doctor and specialist

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please seek immediate attention from doctor or call 999/112/911 depending on your locality in the world.

If You are experiencing any of the above symptoms after a traumatic event it is important to seek help. Resources are available to help you.

Causes of PTSD

We do not know for sure why some people get PTSD and other don’t. We do know that as with some mental health disorders there are risk factors involved. You don’t have to have been in a combat zone or a veteran to experience PTSD. Many people experience life changing/altering events that lead to trauma such as sexual abuse or assault,  experience or see serious injury or life threatening events.

Complications

PTSD can and does disrupt your life: your job, your relationships and your health. It can give rise to depression and anxiety, increase the use of drugs or alcohol, you may develop an eating disorder or suicidal thoughts.

What ever has happened in your life to give you PTSD is unfair but help is at hand. PLease call your doctor or we can help.

Call us today on 0894373641 or email: deborahbyrne48@gmail.com

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