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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is triggered by a terrifying event. This disorder is characterized by flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts related to this event that was either personally experienced or witnessed.
Most people who witness or experience a traumatic event may have temporary difficulty coping with fear and anxiety associated with the traumatic event. Still, within time and with healthy coping skills, these individuals will usually overcome their fear and anxiety.. Posttraumatic stress disorder affects approximately eight to ten percent of individuals throughout their lifetime or 7.7 million American adults.
Signs and symptoms associated with PTSD
- Repetitive, unwanted distressing thoughts and memories related to the traumatic event
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event (flashbacks)
- Frightening dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
- Avoiding places, activities, and people that remind you of the traumatic event
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Being easily startled
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or aggressive outbursts
- Increased arousal and hypervigilance
Treatment for PTSD, how we can help
Treatment for PTSD revolves around reducing or eliminating the underlying triggers and stress associated with the PTSD. This is a highly treatable mental health condition and is best done with a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and the development of healthy coping skills. Untreated PTSD can cause significant impairment in everyday life and can potentially result in worsening psychiatric conditions, self-harm behavior, and even suicidal ideations.