Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

1496 WordsFeb 18, 20146 Pages
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological reaction to experiencing or witnessing a significantly stressful, traumatic, or shocking event. Did you know that one in three returning troops are being diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder and less than 40% will seek help (PTSD Foundation of America). When people think of PTSD they automatically assume it just has to do with war veterans. But what people don't know is that children and teens all over the United States are diagnosed with PTSD every day. Of all the children and teens who have gone through or witnessed a traumatic event, 3-15% of girls and 1-6% of boys will develop PTSD (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs). Adults that aren't…show more content…
People who are under a lot of stress constantly can develop PTSD because it messes with your emotional and physical stability. When people witness any of these events that can cause Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, they should talk to someone right away to lower their chances of developing PTSD. Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur within three months of a traumatic event but in a small number of cases, they may not appear until years after the event. Intrusive memory symptoms are flashbacks and upsetting dreams about the traumatic event or natural disaster. (Staff, Mayo Clinic). People can relive the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time. According to The PTSD Sourcebook, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual fatigue can be symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder. Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the event, avoiding activities they once enjoyed, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, trouble concentrating, and difficulty maintaining close relationships are all avoidance and emotional numbing symptoms (Staff, Mayo Clinic). Post-traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms can come and go, they aren't an everyday thing. Some examples of anxiety and increased emotional arousal symptoms are irritability, overwhelming guilt, self-destructive behavior, being easily startled, and hearing or seeing things that aren't there (Staff, Mayo Clinic). It is normal for victims to have a tough time identifying their feelings. You have to
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