Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be the result of military experiences, childhood abuses, criminal violations as well as war and natural disasters. The effects are lasting and quite disabling. Symptoms can include nightmares, panic attacks/anxiety, depression, feeling numb, relationship problems, anger outbursts, sleep problems, isolating, and feeling hyper-vigilant. Others may not understand why we are not "getting over it". We may wonder also.
As humans, we're all significantly affected by traumatic events such as a sudden death in the family, or an unpredictable natural disaster like a hurricane or flood.
But for those suffering post traumatic stress, it's as if the event never ended. They relive it, vividly, on a seemingly regular basis, as if it were not just a memory but something happening in the here and now. And because the stress of the event is still very much with them, they often avoid anything that might remind them of the trauma, that might take them back to that terrible day or night. Often they can't sleep, can't concentrate, and struggle with anger.
PTSD is a truly debilitating condition with far-reaching effects on everyday life. Left untreated, it can lead to alcohol and/or drug-dependency, job loss, homelessness, and even suicide. If you suspect a loved one or friend might be suffering with this devastating disorder, don't wait. Seek help.
Treatment for PTSD takes time but is effective in reducing the symptoms and returning to us our sense of control over our lives.
For more information about PTSD and other serious conditions such as abuse, anxiety, co-dependency, depressive disorders, and more, contact me.