Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Signs and Symptoms
Reliving the Traumatic Event
Someone with PTSD might have chronic nightmares, flashbacks, or disturbing mental images that involve their trauma.
Avoiding Reminders of the Trauma
People with PTSD might try to avoid people, places, or activities that could remind them of their traumatic event(s), even if that thing is normally safe. They might try to avoid talking about the subject, even to a therapist or counselor.
Many of those suffering from PTSD feel detached emotionally towards others, like they can't trust anyone or anything, as a result of that trust being broken by a traumatic event.
PTSD may cause extra anxiety, being easily startled and being on edge, having difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Caused by high levels of stress-causing hormone within the body.
What can cause PTSD?
- Violent Assault
- Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Violent Acts
- Natural or Man-Made Disasters
- Car Accidents
- Military Combat, (Shell Shock)
- Witnessing another person go through these kinds of traumatic events
- Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness
Anything that can be stressful, terrifying, harmful, or upsetting.
How is it diagnosed?
How is PTSD treated?
Working through a sufferer's traumatic memories reduces their stress and uncertainty concerning them.