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PTSD- Understanding The Nightmare Of The Trauma

PISD UNDERSTANDING THE NIGHTMARE OF THE TRAUMA Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops after a person witnesses or becomes involved in a serious trauma such as a life-threatening assault or a natural disaster. It is a severe, persistent emotional reaction to a traumatic event that severely impairs one's life. DID YOU KNOW? About 60% OF MEN 50%OF WOMEN experience at least one trauma in their lives but only a small percentage develop PTSD. PTSD FACTS Of people exposed to a traumatic event, about 8 percent of men and 20 percent of women end up getting PTSD. 7.7 Millions Americans age 18 and older have PTSD. 67 percent of people exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD, a higher rate than those exposed to natural disasters or other types of traumatic events. Up to 4 in 5 people with PTSD also have other mental health problems 1 in 3 returning American troops is being diagnosed with serious Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms. Less than 40% will seek help. WHO IS MOST AT RISK? Anyone can get PTSD at any age, but not every traumatized person develops it. Many factors play a part in whether a person will get PTSD. For example, it is much more common in certain groups of people. Some studies have found that PTSD develops in about: 1 in 5 Firefighters 1 in 3 Teenage Survivors of Car Crashes 1 in 2 Rape Victims 2 in 3 Prisoners of War Some people also have risk factors which make them more prone to develop PTSD when they are exposed to a traumatic event. These include: Living through dangerous events and traumas Having a history of mental illness Getting hurt or seeing people hurt or killed Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear I Having little or no social support after the event Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder because of its symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these symptoms can be grouped into three categories: Re-experiencing The patient persistently re-experiences the trauma in at least one of the following ways: in thoughts, flashbacks, images, dreams, or feelings of distress at situations that remind. them of the traumatic event. Avoidance A patient may avoid things that remind him of the traumatic event. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. Hyperarousal Instead of being triggs ed by things that remind one of the tramatic event, hyperarousal symptems are usually constant. DIAGNOSIS To be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have all of the following for at least i month: > At least one re-experiencing symptom > At least three avoidance symptoms > At least two hyperarousal symptoms WHA UNTREATED? EFT If left untreated, suffers of PTSD are likely to experience severe consequences including: Anger Management For some, the moments of recurring stress and anxiety result in outbursts of anger or rage. This may result in child or spousal abuse or public violence. Substance Abuse Many turm to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to calm their anxiety. Severe Depression Many sufferers may demonstrate suicidal thoughts or actions while in the midst of a PTSD episode. Loneliness PTSD can make a person very difficult to be around and is often undiagnosed, individuals with the disease may end up isolated and alone. HOW CAN YOU HELP PEOPLE WITH PTSD? ee Keep a look out for behavioral changes, such as taking time offfrom work. Look out for mood changes such as anger and irritability. Provide a sympathetic ear and ask general questions. Give the person time to talk and not interrupt them. SELF-SCREEN FOR PTSD Here is one from the National Center for PTSD - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. PTSD Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to? Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it? Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled? Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings? If you answer "Yes" to any three items, you should think about seeing a doctor for an assessment. SOURCES http://www.adaa.orglunderstanding-aroiety/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthytopics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder ptsdfindex.shtml http://patientinfofhealthipost-traumatic-stress-disorder-leaflet http:/www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd http://www.ptsd.va.govipublik/PTSD-overvewbasics http:liptsdusa.org/what is ptsdthe stasommon-isptsd.asp http://www.ptsd.va.gov/publictreatment/therapy-med/what-if-think-have ptsd.asp INFOGRAPHIC BROUGHT TO YOU BY: O Find A Therapist www.FindATherapist.com

PTSD- Understanding The Nightmare Of The Trauma

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Post-traumatic stress disoder (PTSD) is a condition that develops after s person witnesses or becomes involved in a serious trauma such as a life-threatening assault or natural disaster. Read here:h...

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