What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it is usually called, is an emotionally debilitating mental condition that brings about symptoms like severe anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, as well as apathy, anger, irritability, and sleeplessness.
Persons suffering from PTSD are often those who have been exposed to frightening or terrifying events, either they have actually experienced them or simply witnessed them. In most cases, such an experience or set of experiences have caused a great amount of stress or anxiety that it becomes very traumatic and leaves the person feeling helpless and even out of control, and eventually leads to a case of PTSD.
What are the causes of PTSD?
Let’s take a more in-depth understanding of the most common experiences, whether physical or psychological, that cause persons to suffer from PTSD.
Whatever kind of abuse, from childhood abuse to other forms of domestic abuse, is a traumatic experience that can seriously affect ones quality of life. Victims of physical or emotional or mental abuse can have difficulty moving forward because the terror often remains and the scars are so deep and debilitating that only a series of therapy can heal.
2. Violence or Sexual Assault
It is always traumatic for anyone to be violated in any way, from mere attempt of assault to completely perpetrated. Before the victims can get over it, they need to go through therapy for a long time.
3. Military Combat
Often times, we see soldiers going through some changes when they come home from a battle. While they appear to be in good physical condition, the effect of their experiences in the battlefield brings about mental anguish that can be as harmful as or even worse than a physical injury or illness.
4. Accidents and Natural Disasters
These experiences bring about a huge amount of stress most particularly when it involves loss of loved ones. Survivors should go through counseling sessions and treatment programs to help them heal.
You can just imagine how a day passes by with a person who is regularly troubled with interfering, obtrusive memories and emotional turmoil. Many of PTSD sufferers want to escape and seek immediate relief through drugs or alcohol. While turning to drugs or alcohol allow those who have PTSD to cope temporarily, such also makes matters even worse. For this reason, cases of PTSD must be taken seriously. Seek professional help before matters get worse.