Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) “Even though PTSD is often times associated with soldiers and their experience on the battlefield, research shows that 7.8% of the entire population will suffer from PTSD at sometime in their lives.
Children, teens, adults, are all people at risk at developing PTSD after experiencing a life threatening experience or be in a situation where they may have to deal with a parent or loved-one who has been diagnosed with PTSD. This program helps viewers to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of PTSD, and understand the available treatment options and how to support the treatment and healing process.
Students will learn that experiencing any life-threatening event can cause PTSD and that it can develop over time in firefighters, soldiers and other first responders. Viewers will come to understand that most people can experience a traumatic event and never get PTSD. Our bodies automatically respond to a perceived threat with the fight or flight response. However when the threat is gone, our stress response system turns off, but not for people who develop PTSD. Students realize that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an interruption in the healing process.
The program explains that the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are comprised of clusters including intrusive thoughts, re-experiencing, hypervigilance, mood and avoidance and that these symptoms can be presented in different types of behaviors.
The program demonstrates how PTSD can negatively impact many aspects of a person’s life and the people close to them. PTSD can cause a variety of physical and mental health problems and places additional stress on relationships, work and school. Students will come to realize that PTSD is not a disorder that will just go away. The program explores the various types of treatment including talk treatment, medication, psychoanalytic therapy and cognitive processing therapy.
– Learn that PTSD is caused by life-threatening experiences
– Understand that PTSD is an interruption in the healing process
– Recognize the 5 symptom clusters of PTSD
– Understand all people, regardless of age, are at risk at developing PTSD after experiencing a life threatening experience
– Realize that PTSD is treatable through several different types of therapy”