Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD- By: Tyler Fant

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health disorder in which the person feels afraid and in danger even when they are perfectly safe. PTSD develops after a horrible ordeal that involved physical pain. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a love one, or the person may have happened to a love one. PTSD is very common in war veterans.


Who does PTSD affect?

PTSD is a very common disorder in people who have been under extreme pressure or in a dangerous situation. According to Harvard University, over 100,000 veterans come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD. PTSD is caused when you remember fearful memories and react like you are reliving them. Although PTSD happens frequently in veterans, it is most common in abused children. Almost 50% of abused children develop PTSD, and carry it into their adulthood.


Treatment

The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy, medications, or both. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. It is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated by a doctor so they can get help. Some people with PTSD need to try different treatments to find what works for them.