Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious and complex mental health issue that is treatable through medicine and psychotherapy. PTSD can occur after exposure to a traumatic event or as a result of continued adversity. It is a psychological reaction to extreme stress that can often lead someone to experience significant depression or anxiety. In addition to the emotional components of PTSD, the mental health disorder has strong roots in nuero-biology.
Chronic exposure to stress increases the likelihood of PTSD
Many factors play a role in experiencing PTSD and the condition is very much dependent upon resiliency items.
For example, the age at which an individual experienced a tragic event plays a part in the development of PTSD. Individuals who were exposed to a traumatic event at a young age are more likely to develop PTSD than those who are older. Further, people who have pre-existing mental health conditions are more inclined to suffer from PTSD.
Social support is the number one buffer to PTSD, having a strong social support group is a primary protective factor
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (DSM-5), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is characterized by a combination of symptoms including exposure to adverse situations, intrusive or avoidant reactions, changes in mood, thinking, or behavior, and shifts in arousal or reactivity.
Many individuals who suffer from PTSD will also experience depression and/or anxiety and may feel isolated or alone. PTSD can negatively impact outlook making it difficult for individuals to experience positive emotions or feelings. Individuals with PTSD often experience difficulty with thinking and concentrating, and may experience irritability or aggression.
If you or someone you love shows signs of PTSD seek help immediately!
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder significantly impacts well being and can lead to long term illness or death.
Individuals who suffer from PTSD are more likely to engage in high risk-taking behavior and the physiological affects of trauma leave one susceptible to life-threatening illnesses.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a traumatic event or has been exposed to extreme or chronic stress, you may be at risk for PTSD. An evaluation by a licensed professional is necessary for the diagnosis, only a trained medical professional can treat the condition.
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Raquel Buchanan is a mental health counselor in Palm Springs, CA. Raquel is an associate of marriage and family therapy (AMFT #85262) at The Center for Counseling and Education and is supervised by David Caulfield (MFT#14552). She offers counseling and therapy to individuals, families, and children
Raquel Buchanan is a mental health profession in southern California who blogs about life and relationships. Raquel is on a mission to spread awareness about the impact of violence, abuse, and trauma.
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