What is Post-traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD
source: Veteransday

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) usually occurs after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. It may last for months, years or can also be lifelong.
Most people who experience such events recover from them, but people with PTSD continuous to be depressed and anxious for months or even years following the event.

Causes of PTSD

It is important to remember that PTSD is caused due to traumatic events such as

  • Serious road accidents
  • Domestic violence
  • Military combat
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Child abuse
  • Natural disaster (Flood, earthquake, tsunami)
  • Diagnosis of life-threatening condition
  • Unexpected death of loved one
  • Assaults
  • War

and many other traumatic events or reasons.

Symptoms

A person who experiences PTSD might not show symptoms for at least a month or even after years. But when they do, they might re-experience trauma. They may have upsetting memories of traumatic events and avoid situations that trigger those memories.

Emotional numbness such as loss of interest, feeling distant from others, avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the traumatic event. It also often comes with depression or hopelessness including suicidal thoughts and feeling.

They start getting irritated easily, become impulsive, aggressive,  face insomnia, nightmares, and have a constant feeling of being in danger and face difficulty concentrating.
As s result, hyperarousal may impact on their ability on a daily basis and interfere with their relationship with their friends and family.

How to overcome PTSD

Get professional help such as medication or psychotherapy.
Talk about it. Connect with your friends go on some trips or outings.

Connect with your friends and go on some trips or outings.
Equally, start with physical exercises or yoga to reduce stress.
Sleep properly and use relaxation and anger control skills.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight. It takes some time depending on your condition. You know you are on the path of recovery when things that previously bothered you are no longer causing emotional pain. You will notice less tension and more relaxation.

Only you can help yourself to recover from PTSD, your willpower, your personal efforts because recovery is not for those who need it, it’s for those who want it.

Ashi Bajpai

Content writer

19, Gallivanter, Belives in equity and not equality. Love humans, Food, Allegories and Dogs. Currently pursuing BBA from BSSS. Believe in yourself and BE YOU. The world will adjust.

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