Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that is often triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD is commonly symptomatic of military personnel, emergency services members, victims or witnesses of crime, or even people going through a serious family tragedy. Trauma is different for everyone, and PTSD can affect everybody. The National Institute of Health estimates that somewhere between twenty-four and forty-three million Americans will experience a significant form of PTSD in their lifetime.

Symptoms Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD isn’t always easy to identify because many people can have issues coping and adjusting to a life-altering experience, but eventually get better in time. However, if your experiences are seriously affecting your day-to-day functions, and it doesn’t seem to improve over time, this might be a sign of PTSD. Symptoms can include:

  • recurring memories and flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • negative thoughts
  • lack of emotion
  • and mood disorders

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be challenging to overcome because the extreme stress and perceived danger that is present actually engrains a neurochemical response in your brain, essentially programing the circuits in your brain that respond to stress. That’s why a similar, but an unrelated event can trigger your PTSD. Think fireworks for a soldier or a siren sound for emergency personnel. They may not be in any immediate danger, but their brain has been programmed to associate the sound with an incredibly stressful and dangerous scenario and has initiated a physical response to the perceived threat. This often means a spike in adrenaline, increased heart rate, and breathing, as well as vivid flashbacks.

How To Manage Your PTSD

In order to treat PTSD, you need to work very closely with a trained professional to ‘re-wire’ these stress response pathways. The only way to do that is through dedicated repetition of effective therapy. Your therapist will assist you by:

  • Coaching you on skills to overpower symptoms
  • Boosting your confidence and changing your perception of the world
  • Learning ways to cope if any symptoms arise again
  • Treating other conditions related to trauma such as
    • Depression,
    • Anxiety
    • Misuse of alcohol or drugs

Therapy Can Help You Cope With PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very complex condition that must be addressed to see relief. If you feel like you may be experiencing PTSD, it is critically important that you speak with a professional who can accurately diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate therapy options to process your trauma in a cathartic way. The specialists at Hello My Psychiatrist are here to help you take the first step towards regaining your positive state of mind.

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