Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
By: Taylor Scutti
PTSD can affect many different people, ranging from survivors of rape to survivors of natural disasters to military service men and women.
About 10% of women and 5% of men are diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.
Causes of PTSD
#1 cause= War
> Kidnapped/ held captive
> Child Abuse
> Accidents (car, train, plane)
> Natural Disasters (floods, earthquakes)
Plus much more....
1st Category: "Re- experiencing"
> Bad Dreams
> Frightening thoughts
2nd Category: "Avoidance"
> Staying away from places, events or objects that are reminders of the trauma
> Feeling emotionally numb
> Strong guilt
> Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
3rd Category: "Hyper - Arousal"
> Easily startled
> Feeling tense or on edge
> Difficulty sleeping
> Angry outbursts
2 Main Treatments
Psychotherapy for people with PTSD usually lasts 6 to 12 weeks, but may take longer.
Another type of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
There are several parts of CBT
1. Exposure therapy
2. Cognitive restructuring
3. Stress inoculation training
The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved two medications for treating adults with PTSD. There medications include:
(Both of them are antidepressants)
Famous People with PTSD
Fear of traveling. The result of witnessing a middle air collision of 2 airplanes.
Dread of germs. Diagnosed with OCD in 2009.
Known for being isolated. Always seen alone in public. Result of forgetting a line in one of her songs during a concert