Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

AWARENESS

Leading to, Diagnosing and Treating PTSD

PTSD can emerge in many people in many ways. Some causes could be from war, hurricanes, sexual abuse, physical abuse a bad accident or anything that a person could find to be traumatizing and unforgettable. The diagnosis process first starts with the question of "was the patient in a traumatizing or extremely stressful event?". After that they see fi the person has periodic and persistant re-experiences. This would include flashbacks, trouble sleeping or nightmares, feeling alone, angry outbursts, feeling worried guilty or sad, agitation, dizziness, fainting, feeling your heart beat in your chest. They have treatments and help for the disorder however. People can now attend talk therapy regularly or medicine or both. Anywhere from six to twelve weeks, if a very traumatic to the person the treatment could take longer.

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY

In the book The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson, the dad struggles with the disorder PTSD and for the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road. The never stay very long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Treating himself with alcohol and marijuana.