Is a response to a stressful event or situation of an exceptionally threatening nature. Witnessing or being subject to physical violence, serious injury or sexual assault can lead to symptoms of PTSD. Repeated trauma can also lead to prominent PTSD symptoms, as can sometimes be the case for people in emergency services or military. Trauma inflicted on us at an early age, especially if done so by a parental figure can be particularly damaging.
What factors contribute to Ptsd?
The severity of the trauma
Past experiences of trauma
The supports and other factors in their lives at the time of trauma
Personality, temperament and values of the person before the trauma.
What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?
Feeling on edge, you struggle to switch off and have difficulty concentrating. You might experience flashbacks of events, nightmares of try suppress any thoughts altogether. You might avoid external reminders, certain places, people or events. Some people notice changes in their emotion, feeling overwhelmed by strong emotions or disconnected.
How can PTSD affect you?
Avoiding certain places and other triggers can limit somone's activities. Say for example you live in a small town and had a serious car accident on the nearby highway, your PTSD symptoms might prevent you from driving on that stretch of road.
Some people turn to alcohol or drugs to numb themselves and suppress their PTSD symptoms. Self-harm which comes in various forms is another means people use to poorly cope with their difficulties.
PTSD can affect your concentration which, in turn, can impact on your work. You might find it hard to pay attention, which can leave you feeling scattered and then lacking in motivation.
Trauma might leave you feeling disconnected with your emotions. It can also make you feel guilty and blame yourself for what has happened. This in turn impacts on your self-confidence and a sense of foreshortened future. Our emotions impact on the way we think and the decisions we make. If your traumatic experiences leaves you feeling guilty and not-trusting, the decisions you make at work and at home will be affected.
How is PTSD treated?
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