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