PTSD: What is it and how does it affect people?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. If you have PTSD, you may feel stressed or frightened even when you’re no longer in danger. Symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that develops after a person witnesses or lives through a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters and other violent personal assaults.

PTSD is not the same thing as being stressed out; it’s an abnormal reaction to stress. The symptoms of PTSD may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. It can also cause depression and substance abuse problems.

PTSD is a psychological condition that affects people who have lived through or witnessed a traumatic or horrifying event. It can develop after a person witnesses or experiences a terrifying event or ordeal that causes or threatens death, serious injury, or physical harm. Traumatic events include rape, assault and violent crime like robbery, fire and natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and tornadoes.

A person with PTSD often relives the trauma in nightmares and flashbacks. They may be irritable and easily startled by things that remind them of the event. They also may experience chronic sleeplessness because of these symptoms.

We hope that you’ve learned more about PTSD and are now aware of some of the many ways that it can affect people. Whether you or a loved one are struggling with PTSD, treating the issue is possible when you know where to turn for help. If someone has been diagnosed with PTSD, but does not like their current therapist and/or feels that current treatment isn’t helping them feel better, there are other options available. If you want more information on how to get treatment for your loved one, contact us today.