PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder usually develops after a major trauma or a stressful event. Any type of traumatic experience as a robbery, car accident, death of a loved one, rape, abuse, or even a natural disaster like an earthquake cam cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A person doesn’t necessarily have to be the one to actually experience any trauma; some people who have simply witnessed any of these events develop PTSD. It happens because some people react different than others; a person witnessing a car accident may feel intense fear that will later develop into PTSD.
PTSD can develop instantly, but in most cases it develops gradually after some time. It doesn’t matter when it happens the symptoms of Post traumatic Stress Disorder are the same. Here are the basic PTSD symptoms, with this you can recognize if you have PTSD.
- In most cases people with PTSD constantly relive the event that caused the trauma; this is the number one symptom, the most common symptom of people with PTSD. That can be anything from dreams, flashbacks to mental images.
- Another symptom that is very usual for people with PTSD is to avoid places or people or things that remind them of the trauma. Also most of them hate talking about the event that started all of it.
- Some people with PTSD develop emotional numbness where they literally don’t feel a thing about the once dearest things to them, as well as people. They detach themselves from the rest of the world and sometime seek solitude and loneliness.
- Other on the other hand may be ultra sensitive showing the signs of a nervous breakdown. Feeling jumpy and anxious all the time as well as having constant trouble sleeping or developing insomnia.
Unfortunately Post traumatic Stress Disorder is not a thing that goes away on its own, that rarely happens, which is why getting treatment as soon as you recognize PTSD is critical, or you or the person with PTSD will have a hard time leading a normal life.
The best course of action is to hire a professional therapist that specializes in Dealing with PTSD as having PTSD patients are hard to work with and they require a special kind of approach that will allow the patient to gain trust.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be treated, in many cases people get out of treatment stronger than they were before the trauma took place. The most important thing is to seek professional help if one or more signs of PTSD show up, also it is always advisable to talk to a professional counselor after witnessing or being in a trauma causing event.