Living Life in Fear with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Imagine living your entire life in constant fear. People often experience a sense of fear after living through an upsetting event. However, the feelings of fear, sadness, and anxiety slowly drift away and go back to normal. This is not the case for people diagnosed with PTSD. “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be developed following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless”. (Smith, Segal, 2014). Society oftens links PTSD with soldiers being traumatized by war events, however, anybody can develop PTSD from any type of overwhelming life experience. PTSD can be developed from more than just war experiences. Any shattering event that leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless can cause PTSD to form. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop from rape, assault, childhood neglect, and even the sudden death of a loved one. Although some of these seem more traumatic than the others, they can all have the same type of impact on a person. PTSD comes from a traumatic event that a person has no control over. It is normal for a person to feel crazy, fearful, and even disconnected during the time that a traumatic event has happened. People may find it difficult to stop thinking about the event for a short period of time. Eventually these feelings begin to fade, however, for a person with post-traumatic stress disorder, these feelings do not go away. The symptoms for PTSD actually start to get worse the more that time goes on. “... you remain in
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