Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition which is found in people who had to undergo a traumatic event or became a testimony to it. It can lead to the person to unknowingly experience, the traumatic event again by flashbacks of the event, nightmares, It can also cause avoidance, physical symptoms like headache and conditions like anxiety and depression. Post Traumatic Stress disorder adversely impacts 8 million people every year. 

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

The symptoms of PTSD are divided into four categories 

  • Intrusive memories – In this the person experiences disturbing memories of the traumatic event which occur again, flashbacks of the event torment the person, bizarre dreams of that day and emotional distress which make the person recall the event
  • Avoidance – The person makes an attempt to avoid conversing about the event and also tends to avoid the places and people that make him recall the event.
  • Changes in thinking and mood – There are many changes that the person has to undergo like that of negative thoughts pertaining to his own self and the outside world, loss of interest in day to day activities, problems in maintaining good relationships, and memory problems

  • Arousal - The person becomes easily frightened, experiences problems during sleep, becomes aggressive at times and a feels guilty. 

Types Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

In Complex PTSD the person apart from having PTSD also experiences some personality changes after trauma like that of suicidal thoughts, difficulty in controlling emotions, feeling of hopelessness and avoiding friendship.

Co morbid Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who have co morbid PTSD have one co occurring mental health condition like that of anxiety disorder, panic disorder, substance abuse disorder etc.

Dissociative Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By the dissociative post-traumatic stress disorder, the person has to go through other mental health conditions, there is prevalence of dissociative amnesia and more adverse PTSD symptoms. An important feature of this is emotional detachment.

Uncomplicated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The people who experience uncomplicated post-traumatic stress disorder have to undergo similar symptoms like that in PTSD. The symptoms that they experience do not include mental health conditions like depression simultaneously. Mental health conditions do not take place coherently in this disorder. 

Myths and Facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Myth: PTSD only affects military veterans

There is a belief that post-traumatic stress disorder generally impacts military veterans and people who are in military. This is not at all true. PTSD can affect the person who goes through or has witnessed a traumatic event.

Myth :PTSD occurs immediately after a traumatic event

It is proclaimed that PTSD develops immediately after a traumatic event takes place. This is not the case. Signs of PTSD can take months or years to appear.

Myth :PTSD is a sign of weakness

It is believed that if a person has PTSD he is weak or has weakness. This is not true PTSD is not connected to weakness and if a person has PTSD it doesn’t mean he is weak. 

Myth :Everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD

It is believed that a person who undergoes trauma will develop PTSD. This is not the case only a few people who go through trauma develop PTSD.

Myth : Everyone with PTSD experiences the same symptoms

It is often believed that people with PTSD have the same symptoms. But this is not at all true. The people experience different symptoms and their intensity varies.

Myth :People with PTSD are violent

It is felt that people who experience PTSD are violent. The people with PTSD are not violent. They do not indulge in violence and aggressive behaviour.

Myth :PTSD will just go away over time

Majority of people feel that PTSD will go away with time. This is not the case. The majority of PTSD cases does not get resolved on its own. The people experiencing it need to seek professional help.

Myth :PTSD isn’t treatable

There is a myth that PTSD cannot be treated. This is not true. PTSD can be cured. Many treatment options are available to the people suffering from PTSD. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of PTSD. Studies have proven that online mental health services are as effective as the conventional mode. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we put your needs first. Trauma counsellor/therapist help you with flexible appointments, personalized and customized intervention plans all at the tip of your fingers.
  • If you find symptoms of post traumatic disorder, You should consult a local mental health clinic, psychiatric hospital or a counselling centre. There are some psychometric tests on the basis of which they can assess you. The psychiatrist and mental health professionals will prescribe medicine and along with medication psychotherapy will help you in coping with the disorder and work on thought process to lead life normally.
  • Yes, post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness.
  • The exact cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not specified as yet. Post Traumatic Disorder is generally is witnessed by people who have gone through a traumatic event like that of an accident, or the death of a loved one. A cause of PTSD can be people with serious medical conditions and. It can also be prevalent if there is a family history of anxiety and depression. The indulgence in substance abuse such as drug use and alcohol intake can also lead to Post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Medication is an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic stress disorder. It is often combined with psychotherapy to get the desired result. . Medication helps to provide respite from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder like that of anxiety and depression. Psychiatrists may prescribe anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medications and alpha 1 blockers. You should take medicines prescribed by the psychiatrists at the right time. It is advised not to take medication on your own.

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