Where it used to be that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, was something people didn't talk about or know much about, times are now changing. According to estimates it is believed that roughly 7.8% of Americans will suffer from PTSD at some time during their life. As far as breaking it down by gender, women are more at risk as they are twice as likely to develop PTSD.
So, what happens if you think you may be suffering from PTSD? What is the cause of it, what are the most common signs, and what can you do about treatment? Let’s take a closer look.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop in a person after they experience some kind of dangerous, scary, or even shocking even in their life. Because it's all relative to what that person finds traumatic, there is no set list of events that can cause the disorder.
When a person finds themselves in a traumatic situation it's normal to feel fear and have that "flight or fight" response. Now where things can change is how the person deals with an event after it has happened. The majority of people will recover from it and move on. Others will continue to experience a variety of problems caused by that initial event, and may end up developing PTSD.
Symptoms tend to range in severity but it's quite common for them to be so severe that they actually interfere with your daily life. These symptoms can become so pronounced that it affects the person's marriage, their job, and their relationships with friends and loved ones. In general, the symptoms will set in within the first three months of the event taking place. In some cases, the person can seem fine and fully recovered and then years later the PTSD will kick in.
Some of the most common symptoms include scary thoughts, bad dreams at night that keep a person up, flashbacks of the traumatic event on a regular basis, avoiding places or people connected with that traumatic event, the urge to shut away those feelings that were related to the event, being on edge and tense at all times, uncontrollable outbursts of anger, feeling stressed and angry all the time, memory problems, loss of interest in daily life, and even being startled easily.
Just accepting PTSD and living with it is not an option. It will continue to get worse and affect your entire life. Instead, treatment is necessary. Today there are all kinds of treatment options available thanks to the wealth of information surrounding PTSD. You may even want to consider a treatment center that specifically offers treatment for PTSD such as The Holistic Sanctuary. This allows you to work on healing the brain, which is where the PTSD is stemming from.
The key to dealing with PTSD is to ask for help the moment you suspect you are suffering from it. Speaking to a loved one about your concerns, and making an appointment with your doctor can get the ball rolling on getting the help you need.