Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Eric T.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a development of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event.

Some Signs/Symptoms

  • Reliving of traumatic event
  • Avoiding reminder of trauma
  • Emotional numbness
  • Hypervigilance

How can this affect someone?

Some examples of how post-traumatic stress disorder can affect someone could be:

  • Losing friends
  • Depression
  • Long-lasting, intense stress

Other Common Names

Other common names of this disorder is trauma or PTSD.

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is Diagnosed

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is diagnosed when signs or symptoms start to show after the person experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is Treated

Although it is difficult for a person to seek professional help because they are afraid that it will bring back painful memories, it can potentially lead to long-term healing by helping people avoid harmful behaviors and emotions, or extreme drug use. As you can see, it is best treated by seeking professional help from people such as a therapist, parent, or mental health professional.

Some Interesting Facts

Some interesting facts about post-traumatic stress disorder:

  • Ability to cope with disorder is called resilience
  • Intensity of trauma affects who and how people react
  • Although seemingly impossible, post-traumatic stress disorder is treatable
  • Symptoms last for normally long periods of time (i.e. 1 year or more)