Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ashley Mcgrath - 4


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that may develop after exposure to a terrifying event that threatened or caused physical harm.


You are not born with PTSD, it is caused from natural or human-made traumatic events such as personal assult (rape), earthquakes, bombing, plane crashes, military combat, or physical and emotional abuse. Most people with PTSD were in the military.


A type of symptom is called re-experiencing symptom which causes you to have flashbacks and nightmares about the event. Another symptom is avoidance/ numbing symptom when you avoid talking or thinking about the event. The last symptom is called Hyperarousal-insominia, this symptom causes angry outbursts, and difficulty concentrating.


Tori DeAngelis from the American Psychological Association explains that exposure to the original trauma is "done in a controlled, and repeated manner until the person can evaluate their circumstances realistically and understand they can safely return to their activities in their current lives that they had been avoiding."


Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

for PTSD you will go to therapy and talk about the event multiple times, if therapy doesn't help, you will be givin a prescription medicine that will help you get over the PTSD. For some people, therapy works better. But for other people the medicine works better. It just depends on the person.