Do You Need Help with PTSD?
The National Institute of Mental Health describes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a constant feeling of anxiety or danger after being in an emotionally upsetting situation. These situations could be combat, accidents, sexual abuse, sudden death of a close relative or friend, terrorist attacks and any situation that causes a massive emotional upheaval.
What are symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD symptoms are tricky to note because even though they develop immediately after the trauma, they can take a long time to show clearly. They are experienced in stages:
- Reliving the traumatic experience - This is if you experience nightmares, flashbacks or have physical reactions when you come across a reminder of the event.
- Numbing and avoiding the event - You are experiencing this if you cannot remember the event, avoid people who experienced the event with you or the place where the event took place. You may also feel like your situation is hopeless and you may have no better expectations for the future.
- Heightened anxiety and arousal – You may have sudden outbursts of anger or feel irritated and have difficulty concentrating. You can also find yourself on the lookout constantly, or being hyper-vigilant.
Treatment for PTSD
Unlike in the past, PTSD is very treatable these days. Effective PTSD treatment can employ one of several methods that have been developed:
- Exposure therapy – This is reliving the experience in a controlled manner, for example using virtual reality.
- Cognitive therapy – This helps confront your perception of the event and point out what is keeping you in that mental state.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing - This is using guided eye movements to help process what you perceive as traumatizing.
The benefits of seeking out treatment for PTSD include being less of a danger to yourself and your loved ones. It will also return you to your original state of productivity.