Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What You Need To Know
What Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition where the person who has gone through a serious stressful condition in an early age is not able to come out of that trauma. Things like witnessing war, crime, sexual assualt, very bad accident such things form very bad memory in the mind of the person who is suffering from this disease.
People who suffer mostly not only have anger, sadness, anxiety as their primary reactions but also they look to most of the things in life in a very negative way. These reactions are very common and amongst most of the people, they tend to go away with passing time. These feelings or emotions tend to continue and increase and become so strong that the person is not able to live a normal life. People suffering from PTSD have these symptoms for more than a month and they are not able to function well.
Symptoms: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The PTSD symptoms tend to start within a period of one month after the traumatic event has occurred, however, these symptoms may not be visible for years after the event. These symptoms can cause severe problems in relationships and work or social situations, they might also interfere with the person’s ability to do normal tasks. The symptoms of PTSD are usually not only grouped into 4 different types but also can vary from person to person.
Intrusive Memories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The symptoms of intrusive memories include:
- unwanted and recurring distressing memories of the traumatic event that has occurred;
- flashbacks of the traumatic event as if it would happen again;
- upsetting dreams or nightmares about the event; and,
- emotional distress or physical reactions to the things that remind the person of the event.
Avoidance: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Symptoms of avoidance include:
- trying to avoid talking or thinking about the traumatic event that has happened; and,
- avoiding people, places, and activities that remind the person about the traumatic event
Negative Changes In Mood And Thought Process
Symptoms of negative changes in mood and thinking include:
- thinking negative yourself, other people around you or just the world in general;
- feeling hopeless about the future;
- memory issues, which includes not being able to remember the important aspects of the traumatic event;
- finding difficult to maintain close relationships;
- feeling detached from friends and family;
- disinterested in the activities that you once enjoyed;
- difficulty in experiencing positive emotions; and,
- feeling emotionally numb.
Changes In Emotional And Physical Reactions
Symptoms of changes in emotional and physical reactions, also known as arousal symptoms include:
- easily startled or frightened;
- being on guard for danger always;
- self-destructive behavior that includes driving too fast or drinking too much;
- sleeping troubles;
- difficulty in concentrating;
- anger outburst, irritability or aggressive behavior; and,
- overwhelming shame or guilt.
Special care should be taken by everyone to make sure that no one in our society goes through these types of painful conditions, these conditions not only take away ones happiness but also make the persons entire life miserable.