What is PTSD? What are its Symptoms? Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental condition that leads to severe anxiety, depression, uncontrollable thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares. A huge misunderstanding about PTSD is that it’s only seen in military personnel and veterans, but the facts tell otherwise.
Studies have shown that about 90% of people with PTSD have never been to war. Surprised? Me too. People suffering from PTSD are survivors of abuse, assault and other traumatic events that make them difficult to live a normal life. This leaves us to a big question.
What is it like to have PTSD? What are the signs of PSTD?
The symptoms of PTSD can start immediately after the event or may not appear until years post the event. But the symptoms will interfere with your daily life, affecting your relationships and professional life. However, the symptoms of PTSD may vary from person to person and changes over time. PSTD symptoms are generally categorized into four groups:
1.Intrusive Memories: This includes re-experiencing the same traumatic event time and again that causes the victim to have a panic and anxiety attack.
2.Avoidance: A victim will actively make an effort to avoid the people, places, and situations around him/her that reminds him/her of the traumatic event. Also, the victim tries to keep himself away from the conversations that are related to the traumatic event.
3. Mood swings: People suffering PTSD have difficulty in balancing their moods. They might feel persistent sadness, feeling emotionally numb even around their loved ones. They suffer insomnia, anorexia and lose interest in their passions as well.
4. Unusual emotional reactions: Lastly, a person with PTSD shows unusual emotional reactions. PTSD victim will become frightened easily. Their response to everything can change, and They might get involved in self-destructive behaviors such as smoking, heavy drinking, driving fast and suicidal tendencies and so on.
That brings us to the last segment of our video. One of the significant effects of PTSD is a suicidal tendency. If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, remember to reach out to your loved one or a close friend. Just remember it’s never too late to ask for help, and the best way you can prevent PTSD is seeking help and support immediately after a traumatic event.
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