After experiencing a terrifying event or trauma in their lives, some people develop what is known as post–traumatic stress disorder. This can have a long lasting effect on the person affected, even if they get the proper care.
Studies of patients in traumatic stress treatment centres show that even as long as a year after the traumatic event, patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder can still be suffering the effects of the disease.
The problem is usually not manifested immediately. More often than not, immediately after the event the person may seem fine. Then at some point down the road, usually within the year, they suddenly start experiencing feelings that they are unable to process and deal with.
Who Does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Usually Affect?
The disease is most commonly associated with soldiers returning from war in which they may have seen friends die in unbelievable horrible circumstances. But it happens quite a bit in the civilian arena as well. Rape victims usually suffer post traumatic stress disorder at some point after the rape. So do victims of emotional and physical abuse. Children who suffer or who have in the past suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a predator may experience this also. As will survivors of a horrendous airplane accident or car accident in which loved ones were killed.
We are all aware of some of the relatively recent mass trauma’s affecting the nation. New Yorkers or even people watching the TV from afar on 9/11, survivors of Katrina, or survivors of a mass shooting such as Columbine. It’s guaranteed that there are members of each of these groups that are still today suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder usually occur within the first three months following and event, but occasionally it can take a year or more for the signs of this type of stress to show up. Symptoms can include flashbacks or distressing dreams about the event. The victim might feel emotionally numb, angry or hopeless. There might be fears that develop, difficulty sleeping and a tendency toward substance abuse.
There are many ways that stress can rear its head in our lives. Some of those ways can be easily treated through home remedies, and others require a professional hand to manage. Post traumatic stress disorder is one that usually needs professional treatment. If left untreated, this type of stress can become quite severe and disabling. The good news is the post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated through a number of different methods and options. The key is in knowing how to recognize this specific kind of stress and understanding when professional help becomes necessary.
Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder usually involves a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Within these two components, there are a number of options, however. The best person to determine which treatment will work the best for your individual situation will be your doctor. If you know someone who you believe needs treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, you should try your best to get them to see a health practitioner who can help them as soon as possible.