What is PTSD?

This is a topic I have been wanting to discuss for a while now. My husband is a Veteran and has been struggling with PTSD for several years now. It has been difficult but with the support of our family his recovery has been successful. It will always be a battle but it is one we will fight together. Stay Strong my friends

“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it
can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape,
torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train
wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or
earthquakes.Environmental factors, such as childhood trauma, head injury, or a history of
mental illness, may further increase a person’s risk by affecting the early
growth of the brain. Also, personality and cognitive factors, such as optimism
and the tendency to view challenges in a positive or negative way, as well as
social factors, such as the availability and use of social support, appear to
influence how people adjust to trauma. More research may show what combinations
of these or perhaps other factors could be used someday to predict who will
develop PTSD following a traumatic event.

Signs and Symptoms:

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PTSD can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:1.  Re-experiencing symptoms:
–  Flashbacks–reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like rapid heart beat, sweatingRe-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.2.  Avoidance Symptoms:
–  Staying away from places, events or objects that are reminders of the experience
–  Feeling emotionally numb
–  Feeling strong guilt, depression and 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 accident, a person who usually drives may
avoid driving or riding in a car.

3.  Hyperarousal Symptoms:

–  Being easily startled
–  Feeling tense or on edge
–  Having difficulty sleeping and/or having angry outburstHyperarousal 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 PTSD don’t show
any symptoms for weeks or months.

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