Symptoms And Treatment Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

1189 WordsMar 6, 20175 Pages
Previously known as irritable heart and battle fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been around since the history of stressful events themselves. First discovered in the 1600’s as nostalgia, it was usually left untreated as it was seen as a sign of weakness in men. In the early years of diagnosis’s, PTSD was most commonly present in soldiers due to their always present high stress situations. PTSD is a mental illness caused by traumatizing events or series of events. As defined by, a traumatic event is “an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm.” These events can range from situations such as car accidents to natural disasters and violent crimes or abuse. In order to be…show more content…
The isolation PTSD victims feel can often leave them closed off and separated from their families and significant others as their symptoms can “cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving” (Veteran Affairs, 2015). Their contribution to society will change a great deal as sufferers would rather participate in individual activities to further avoid being reminded of their trigger event. They will also have an overwhelming inclination to protect their loved ones and this may come off as “tense or demanding”. Not only are the ones who suffer from PTSD troubled by it, but their loved ones too. The families of PTSD sufferers often feel helpless as they cannot rid the victim of their symptoms. If the sufferer shares the details to his close friends repeatedly, they may “have some feelings of having been through trauma”. Treating those with PTSD is a challenge because each individual suffers differently. Treatment strategies depends upon, “type of PTSD inducing trauma; PTSD chronicity and gender, number of times being exposed to trauma and age” (Iribarren, 2005). According to psychologists, combat survivors may be “less responsive to treatment that other victims of other traumatic exposures”, possibly because the PTSD is added to other psychological disorders such as depression and abuse. Common treatments for PTSD include:
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