Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Athena W TB7

What Is it?

Set of symptoms that someone develops following exposure to a traumatic event.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Reliving the traumatic event
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
  • Emotional numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Hypervigilance

How Is It Diagnosed?

Get help from mental help professionals such as

  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • counselors
  • therapists
  • group therapies

They can help with looking back at traumatic events that occurred in your life and how you are acting and handling it now. It can happen at any age.

PTSD is another common name for post-traumatic stress disorder

Interesting Facts

Some specifics that can cause trauma are:

  • violent assaults
  • abuse
  • natural disasters
  • man-made disasters
  • car accidents
  • military combat

How Does It Affect Someone?

  • feeling jittery
  • easily irritated
  • trouble sleeping
  • low concentration
  • cannot stop thinking about it even when doing other things
  • has nightmares

How Is It Treated?

  • meeting with a therapist
  • gradually discuss what happened (at your own pace)
  • safe environment
  • help you learn strategies and skills to help with difficult feelings, such as anxiety, fear, or panic
  • teach relaxation techniques
  • may be given medications