Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress is a severe condition that may develop after a person is exposed to certain traumatic events such as a sexual assault, serious injury or the threat of death. Post traumatic stress disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder.
Signs & Symptoms
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:
- Re-experiencing symptoms
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Bad dreams
- Frightening thoughts
Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.
- Avoidance symptoms
- Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
- Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
- Having trouble remembering the dangerous event
Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car collision, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.
- Hyperarousal symptoms
- Being easily startled
- Feeling tense or “on edge”
- Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts
Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.
It’s natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks. This is called acute stress disorder, or ASD. When the symptoms last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, they might be PTSD. Some people with post traumatic stress disorder don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months.
Not every traumatized person develops full-blown or even minor post traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms usually begin within 3 months of the incident but occasionally emerge years afterward. They must last more than a month to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.
A doctor who has experience helping people with mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD. The diagnosis is made after the doctor talks with the person who has symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Prompt examination and evaluation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is imperative. The victim of Post Traumatic Stress needs fast assessment and treatment to minimize the effects of such a disorder.
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