PTSD: What You Don’t Know About It

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PTSD: What You Don’t Know About It

Most people have heard the term “PTSD”, and most people know that it stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Beyond that, there is still a huge misconception about what this condition is, and what causes it. Although most people experience some type of trauma during their life, only about 8% of Americans develop PTSD. Although that percentage seems small, this mental condition can have severe and long lasting effects on a person’s life.

What Causes PTSD?

  • Voilent assault
  • Hostage situation
  • Natural disaster
  • Road accident
  • Isolation/ Neglect
  • Military combat
  • Witnessing death
  • Terrorist acts

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks to traumatic events
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Extreme guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Sensitivity to certain stimuli such as sound

Who is Most Susceptible to PTSD?

  • Children or youth
  • Individuals who have a mental illness or who have family members with a mental illness
  • Individuals who lack a good support system
  • Individuals who unexpectedly lost a loved one
  • Individuals who have alcohol or drug addiction
  • Individuals who have careers that put them in danger such as military personnel, fire fighters, and police officers

What Treatment Options Are Available?

  • Therapy is often the most effective and helpful treatment available to someone with PTSD. It allows that person to have a safe environment to express their condition without feeling judged or misunderstood. A therapist can also offer tools and advice on how to overcome obstacles that one might face due to having PTSD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitisation are considered to be the most helpful for trauma patients, depending on the severity of the condition. Several of our therapists at Alpha have this training!
  • Medication is also an option for someone who has PTSD. It is usually recommended that a medication plan coincide with a therapy program as well.
  • Watching and waiting is an important part of recovering from PTSD. It will take time to recover from a traumatic event, and often times patience is the most important part of that process.

If you feel like you or a loved one may be experiencing PTSD, please contact us today. We have licensed therapists ready to assist you. Contact us anytime with questions and concerns. We’re here to help!

 

 

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