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Post Traumatic Stress


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur as the mind's natural reaction to a trauma. This is usually associated with a very stressful and out of the ordinary event that takes place in a person's life, which causes severe trauma. This may include an unexpected death, natural disaster, rape, etc.

One does not necessarily have to be a direct participant in a violent or traumatic event to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Even witnesses to an event can develop this disorder.

Symptoms of PTSD include, persistent and reoccurring memories of the disturbing event, insomnia, nightmares, irritability and lack of interest in family, friends or hobbies. In addition, people who suffer from PTSD may develop depression which compounds the problem.

Dealing with PTSD involves understanding that recovery can take time and may take place in stages. Some of these stages may include denial, fear, anxiety and distrust. These are all symptoms of these stages. Recovery from PTSD can take anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the extend to the trauma and the person's willingness to work through it. People who suffer from this disorder need a safe and secure environment along with their own space and the time to come to grips with their tragedy.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome it is important to contact a mental health professional for advice. In the meantime, take as much space and time, as you need to recover. Let yourself feel those feelings and work through them.

There are very good treatments available for people who suffer from PTSD. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the treatment options available, and does appear to be one of the most successful. There are various kinds of cognitive behavioral therapies, for instance, cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. Furthermore, there is a comparable type of therapy called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing that is used for PTSD. There are some medications that have also been shown to be helpful. A kind of medicine known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which is used for depression as well, is useful for PTSD.

Life does go on, and once you come to understand this, things will begin to look a lot better to you. Don't push yourself; as was stated before, recovery takes time. If you don't feel like putting yourself in a position that you fear and distrust, then don't. Wait until you are ready to deal with the emotions that the situation might cause.

Most importantly, know that you don't have to go through this alone. There are many people just like you in support groups. They understand your feelings of fear and anxiety.

Contact your doctor for assistance in finding one of these support groups to help you through this difficult time. In addition, your doctor is your best source for help in dealing with life after a trauma.

Don't go it alone, there are people out there who will understand and help. Know that life will get better.


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