Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Leah B

What is PTSD?

Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder is the development of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event. In order to develop PTSD you have to experience extreme stress. Most of the time this experience involves a violent death, a stressful event ,or serious injury to someone they know really well like a family member. You can also get PTSD by experiencing a natural disaster like an earthquake. Or another way is an assault like terrorist attacks.

Symptoms of PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has many symptoms.

  • Reliving the traumatic event (nightmares, and flashbacks are two examples)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
  • Emotional numbness (feeling numb and detached, and also might not feel the same way about others)
  • Hypervigilance (the person might be easily startled, on the edge, jumpy, or tense
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Depression

What are other names and forms of PTSD?

The only names for this disorder are

  • PTSD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

How is PTSD treated?

You can treat PTSD by seeing a mental health professional. Professionals like psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. You can talk to these people in a safe environment. These people will use relaxation techniques to help you solve problems that may have caused your PTSD. Sometimes they could also provide medications to help too.

How does PTSD affect someone?

PTSD can effect a persons life in many ways. It can cause strong emotions, trouble sleeping, jitters, having trouble eating: sleeping: concentrating , etc. Plus the person isn't able to overcome a certain event that has happened to them.

How is PTSD diagnosed?

PTSD is diagnosed by seeing a psychologist, psychiatrist, or an other type of therapist.