Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Over the years its name has changed a few times, from war fatigue and shell shock to current day post-traumatic stress. This is a disorder that affects veterans especially, but it can affect anyone who has experienced something extremely traumatic. Sometimes the condition doesn’t show itself until years after the trauma originally occurred, although it is different for everyone. It is important to understand what causes this disorder, and be able to identify the characteristics of this disorder so you can treat it properly. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is normally cause by experiencing something extremely traumatic. It is not limited to just mental injuries sustained during a war, but it can be something…show more content…
This is vital because PTSD affects so many people other than just service members, “[f]inding ways to forestall the damage done by extreme stress would benefit not just service members: nearly one in 15 Americans acquire symptoms of PTSD following atraumatic life experience.” If we learn how to properly treat this condition now it will help people become more capable of bouncing back from trauma down the road, and it will help them return to their daily life…show more content…
The first type of symptoms people with PTSD experience are re-living bad experiences, this can be through dreams, flashbacks, or even just thinking about the trauma can make it worse. The next time of symptoms is avoidance of things, this can be in different forms; guilt and depression often occur, as well as being emotionally detached and losing interest in once enjoyable activities. Some people also experience trouble remember the event that originally created the trauma. People will often avoid anything that reminds them of the incident, so as to not trigger symptoms, even if avoiding whatever it is gets in the way of a daily routine. The final category of symptoms is hyperarousal, this can be seen often times as feeling “on edge” and being easily startled. It also can be seen as angry outbursts as well as difficultly sleeping. These symptoms are always present, and can make it extremely hard for someone to do things on a daily basis, and make them feel very stressed. Often times, people can go undiagnosed with PTSD because they don’t show symptoms severe enough, or show no symptoms at all for a period of time. It is also important to differentiate the length of how long problems have been occurring, because Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is different than PTSD (NIMH). It is important to get

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