Definition of PTSD by The National Center for PTSD (VA)PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or a sexual assault .
It is normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first it may be hard to do normal activities, like go to work, go to school or spend time with people you care about.
If its been Longer than a few months and you're still having symptoms you may have PTSD. For some people PTSD symptoms may start later on or they may come and go over time.
PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. Personal factors, like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender can affect whether will develop PTSD
- Reliving the Event - You have bad memories or nightmares. You feel like you are going through the event again. (Flashback)
- Avoiding situation that remind you of the event -- You avoid situations, places and people that trigger the memories. You refuse to talk about the event.
- Having more negative beliefs and feelings -- The way you think about yourself and others my change because of the trauma. You may feel guilt or shame or you may not be interested in activities that you used to enjoy. You may feel the world is dangerous and you cant trust anyone. You feel numb and unhappy.
- Feeling Keyed up (Hyperarousel) You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. You might suddenly get angry or irritable, startle easily or act in unhealthy ways. (Smoking, using drugs, alcohol and driving recklessly, employment problems and relationship problems including divorce)
The types of treatments available are psychotherapy/talk therapy and medication. Additionally some dietary supplements can reduce stress and anxiety naturally and can be discussed with your doctor or counselor to see that they support natural cures/treatments. You can get better and there are lots of people, doctors, counselors and other companies looking to help you. Believe it!
|Job/Stress or event||People employed/reported||% affected||total persons W/PTSD|
|Veterans-Iraq/Afghan||2.5 million est.||25%||Up to 625,000|
|Battered women/men||10 M reports Yr. est.||45%||4,500,000|
|Abused Children||700,000 reports Yr. est.||50%||350,000|
|Rape Victims||25,434,943 est.||16%||4,229,590|
(rape victims 34% underage)
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