Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Psychological Disorders

Psychological Disorder is behavior patters or mental processes that cause serious personal suffering or interfere with everyday life. PTSD is apart of anxiety disorder.

Major Psychological disorders are classified by how the disorder has started and affected someones life. For instance PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress disorder is caused by extremely harmful experiences. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is apart of Trauma-and Stressor related disorder. Acute stress Disorder is a psychological shock or a mental shock because of a terrifying event.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is developed after a terrifying event that may have caused harm to you or someone close to you or even witnessed someone who has been harmed.

Some signs or symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be

- Flashbacks of the traumatic event.

- Bad dreams

- Frightening thoughts

People at risk for PTSD is

- War veterans (bad then called Shell Shock)

- Survivors of psychical and sexual abuse

- extreme accidents or disasters

At any age people can get PTSD and there is also many other ways to get PTSD.


- 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD in their lifetime.

- Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.

- 1 in 5 combat veterans suffer or are suffering from PTSD.

Scientists are currently trying to figure out the best ways to treat and avoid getting PTSD. Its extremely hard to avoid getting PTSD because it is caused by a harmful event most of the time happens when not expected.

You may have seen the movie "American Sniper" which is about a world famous Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle who has been in war in Iraq for 4 tours. When he comes home from Iraq his personal life with his wife and kids he finds it very hard to focus and has constant flashbacks from the war. Not only does Chris Kyle have flashbacks but some sounds like a lawn mower make he very nervous. These are clear signs Chris Kyle was suffering from PTSD.

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Treatment options

PTSD can come in many different ways but some of the most known options are psychotherapy or talk therapy. This is when a mental health specialists talk to the patient about there problems with there family or friends. Another therapy can be Exposure therapy which is taking the patient and exposing them to their fear. The next therapy is Drug therapy, The U.S Food and Drug Administration has also approved two drugs to help people with PTSD. The two drugs are Sertraline(Zoloft) and Paroxetine(Paxil). These drugs are antidepressants that are supposed to help sadness, anger, or loneliness. These drugs are meant to be taken while growing through some kind of therapy. These therapies are helpful to most people experiencing PTSD but will not help everyone. Everyone has their own way of coping with PTSD.

Works Cited

"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." NIMH RSS. National Institues of Health, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2015.

"Chris Kyle American Sniper." Chris Kyle American Sniper. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2015.

"PTSD: National Center for PTSD." Home. U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2015.