Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Wynona Chotiner TB2

What is PTSD?

PTSD is the development of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event.

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

  • Reliving the event (nightmares, flashbacks, or disturbing images)
  • Avoiding reminders of trauma (people, places, activities, talking)
  • Emotions numbness (numb, detached-overproduction of chemicals)
  • Hyper vigilance (startled easily, on edge, jumpy, irritable, or tense, difficulty concentrating, and trouble sleeping)

How does PTSD affect someone?

  • cannot function normally
  • may be scared easily
  • may be tired daily
  • may have a swing in emotions

Other Names of Forms

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Shell Shock
  • Soldier's Heart

How is PTSD diagnosed?

In order to be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have three different types of symtopms: re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance and numbing symptoms, and arousal symptoms.

How is PTSD treated?

  • learning coping skills (for anxiety, fear, or panic)
  • relaxation techniques
  • medications for reduction of anxiety, panic, or depression

Interesting Notes and Facts

  • some may have extreme anger or may fall into drug use
  • some people avoid help because they are scared of memories and feelings