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What is Post Traumac Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is not a sickness or a disease. We are not crazy or bipolar. We have been through trauma. Maybe several. PTSD is the effect.
We have good days and bad days. Sometimes up and down in one day, sometimes even in one hour.
Sometimes we know our triggers, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes there is no trigger, it just is.
Some of us have bad dreams, night sweats, shakes, anxiety attacks, depression, isolation and a slew of other symptoms and sometimes we don’t. Some days are worse than others and yes, we have good days.
We didn’t ask for PTSD. We don’t like our PTSD. But we have it, we are aware of it and we try to make it through each day without letting it control us.

PTSD is a serious mental disorder that can some-times occur after exposure to a traumac event.  It is normal for most people to experience some form of distress after a highly traumac event and the majority will return to functioning normally in a short period of time without
having to have any form of intervention.  However a small number of people will suffer from long term and incapacitating problems.
The earlier that intervention is sought, the better the recovery rate is.
ANYONE can suffer from PTSD. It is not solely a military or service problem. It can occur with ANY form of trauma.

 

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

Reliving the traumatic event through

•  Unwanted and recurring nightmares, and vivid images.
•  Night sweats, heart palpitations and panic attacks when reminded of the event.

Hyper arousal and/or hyper vigilance

•  Sleeping difficulties
•  Irritability and lack of concentration
•  Easily startled
•  On the lookout for danger.

Avoiding reminders

•  Avoids activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings.

Emotionally numb

•  Loss of interest in everyday activities
•  Detached from family and friends

What is a traumac event?

This is different for everyone; however there are a number of specific events that may have the potential to cause a significant degree of
stress. These may include:

∗  Threat of death or a serious injury
∗  Serious injury
∗  Viewing or handling of deceased persons
∗  Death or serious injury to a family member, close friend or work colleague
∗  Exposure to a toxic agent or potentially contagious disease
∗  Witnessing a horrifying event
∗  Witnessing human degradation on a large scale
∗  An action or inaction that results in the serious injury or death of others.

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