Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Many individuals can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a serious, traumatizing event. After going through a traumatic situation or event, an individual may have difficulty adjusting. They can struggle with flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and nightmares.
PTSD can last for just a few months to numerous years. A person’s life can be completely destroyed due to this condition. Thankfully, there are treatment and therapy options available to help those suffering from PTSD.
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The Symptoms of PTSD-Three Major Categories:
- Reliving the event – Can manifest through flashbacks, upsetting memories, nightmares, and strong reactions to events that remind you of the traumatic event
- Avoidance – Becoming numb / void of feelings, feeling detached, unable to remember important matters related to the trauma, lack of interest in activities, avoiding places that remind you of the event, closed off nature
- Arousal – Challenges with concentration, easily startled, exaggerated responses, irritability, and difficulty sleeping
PTSD can be developed following any serious event involving intense fear, shock, or other major issues. In some cases, symptoms may develop due to an inherited aspect of your personality, mental health, or simply just your life experiences coupled with how your brain regulates chemicals and hormones.
While post-traumatic stress disorder can be extremely debilitating, there are treatment options available that can help individuals cope with their symptoms and regain control over their lives. Treatment often includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy, such as cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and EDMR.
Each of these unique therapies can help you gain a feeling of control over your fears following a traumatic event. The type of therapy and medication you are prescribed will depend on your personal situation and the specifics of your PTSD.