Finding Help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by on October 14, 2014

PTSD Symptoms, RecoveryAccording to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 7 to 8 percent of the population will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in their lifetime.

Developing PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder which develops in some people after they have had a traumatic experience. Events that have been known to lead to PTSD include being assaulted, going through a difficult divorce, or witnessing a highly disturbing event. Soldiers, in particular, are at great risk for developing PTSD because of their frequent exposure to devastating or life-threatening situations.

Sometimes people do not understand their reaction to a traumatic event; they may deny that they are suffering from post-traumatic stress or even be unaware that they are affected by it. In the aftermath of a tragic or life-threatening situation, some people feel guilty, anxious, or unsettled. Initially, this is normal, but after about six months these symptoms should mostly be resolved.

Symptoms of PTSD

People who have PTSD tend to find themselves feeling angry more frequently than they used to. They may start to snap at others or distance themselves from friends and colleagues.

People with PTSD are often easily startled. Loud or sudden noises can be unsettling for them, adding to their agitation. PTSD sufferers also experience flashbacks of the trauma they witnessed, and the flashbacks can be triggered by things that never affected them before. This, too, can add to irritability and difficulty being around others.

Nightmares can also plague people who are affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This can make sleeping through the night difficult, which in turn can cause chronic exhaustion and mood issues.

Finding Help for PTSD

The site for Veterans Affairs mentioned at the beginning of this article is an excellent resource for people who have PTSD and for their loved ones. The site contains a wealth of information about various types of treatment, PTSD diagnosis, and how to locate and select a therapist.

It is important that people who are exposed to a traumatic event receive timely treatment as soon after the event as possible. Experiencing PTSD can be a very lonely, frustrating, and difficult experience. Sufferers should have social support from friends and family as they recover, which is why educating loved ones about the condition is also important.

Although PTSD is not something that can be easily overcome, with time, patience, and effort, recovery from the condition is possible.

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