Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Written by Chloe Einspar


Image walking down the street and you hear the ear piercing noise of a car horn. A wave a fear rushes over you. The flashback of the car crash that is embedded in your mind and changed your life forever plays over and over again in your head. Your heart begins to race faster and faster. It feels like your chest will explode. Then the tears start to flow and they will not stop, and now you are filled with this unbearable sadness. This is how people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) feel everyday of their life. People with PTSD face many awful symptoms. Also, when they are diagnosed their life will change drastically because of all the effects of PTSD has on them.
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What is PTSD?

PTSD, a physiological upheaval, can occur after witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event. People who are diagnosed might have witnessed or were involved in these type of situations like “surviving cancer, domestic violence, witnessing a car accident, wars, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and rape,” according to the article “ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents” by Sucheta Connolly, David Simpson, and Cynthia Petty. So PTSD can be caused by many awful events that will affect your life very negatively.


The symptoms of PTSD vary depending on your age. According the article “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents” by Sucheta Connolly, David Simpson, and Cynthia Petty, “The symptoms in infants include irritation, constant crying, and recurring diarrhea. Toddlers experience bed wetting, they'll have trumatic play themes, and trouble separating from their parents”. Teenagers have some symptoms that could cause other problems and or get them in trouble, “They may have aggression, substance abuse, sexual behavior, and anxiety.” So clearly, the symptoms of PTSD are affected by your age.

The Effects PTSD has on a Daily Lifestyle

After someone gets diagnosed with PTSD they will have several changes in their life. It could cause many problems or other disorders. “It may be very hard to maintain a relationship because they will also develop sleeping problems and have hard time working which would be hard to make a commitment”, says Matthew Tull author of, “The Effects of PTSD on a Person's Life.” Some of the disorders that are an effect of PTSD include major depression, alcoholism, anxiety, and bipolar disease which is a disorder with constant mood swings. There is also a effects that could cause even more health problems. According Matthew Tull, “someone might also experience substance abuse”, which is where someone uses drugs. So obviously, the effects of PTSD can be life changing.
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To sum up, people with PTSD have many awful symptoms and face many unbearable effects. PTSD is a life changing disorder that triggers many emotions. So next time you hear the loud belt of a car horn remember for some just a car horn. For people with PTSD that sound it may trigger a horrific memory and emotions will just pour out of them.


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