Saturday, 5 October 2019

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  Recently I have been receiving lots of mails on this health bothering issue which have circulated the modern human society as a result of undesirable events which have either left us heartbroken or mentally drained.

  I wouldn't love to say this, but I have to... Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is prevailing over the lives of many across the globe. Love it or hate it, it's almost close to becoming an epidemic.

  So let's head down to know what PTSD is and other attached facts which you should know. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition which occurs as a result of experiencing or having experienced a shocking, scary, terrifying, or dangerous event. PTSD is a mental disorder which results from current or previous terrific and horrible experience which comes to play in the mind or in the head of the patience.

  It commonly occurs or does occur after you have been through trauma; after you have gone through a traumatic event or situation. Then, the next question is; what is a trauma or a traumatic event? 

  Trauma according to Wikipedia; "Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one's ability to cope, or integrate the emotions involved with that experience. Trauma may result from a single distressing experience or recurring events of being overwhelmed that can be precipitated in weeks, years, or even decades as the person struggles to cope with the immediate circumstances, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences".  

Then on the other hand, Trauma situation or event is cleared explained as "an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. The person experiencing the distressing event may feel threatened, anxious, or frightened as a result".

  Having known what Trauma and traumatic situation is, let's move on to getting deeper into PTSD as it is our major focus. 

  Going through this terrific situation called trauma is not the big deal as it's common to every being based on the law of expectation and our over-attached emotions. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives, the women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse while on the other hand, men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury. 
  But whichever comes to you either as a man or woman, dealing with it in a proper way so it doesn't lead to PTSD should be the next immediate step, not waiting on seeing symptoms of PTSD (which is stated below) before taking necessary actions.

  Going through a traumatic situation can be extremely rough to a large extent, so you might find it hard to cope or adjust yourself to balance up with the situation. Failing to do this (cope with the situation), might leave you hanging in that situation for weeks, months or years which is actually what is termed medically as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" (PTSD). But if the situation is giving proper care and counsel, coupled with the right treatment, then the patient might just be on a way to avoiding PTSD.

  A common phenomenon that I for one will like to correct which might go or align with medical standard is the fact that "PTSD occurs as a result of an experienced event only". Yes it's true that past horrible experience causes over 90 percent of post traumatic stress disorder, but at the same time a single current event could spin you into that circle or make you prone to it.

 How? Don't worry, I would explain. Sudden emergency such as failing an annual professional exam or on hearing the news of the demise of a loved one can trigger these wrong hormones and on the scaled of 7/10, you might end up being a PTSD patient. 

  Basically, this mental disorder carries symptoms too like every other common sickness or disorders. That's should probably be our next focus right? 

  From a detailed analysis which I gathered from research, symptoms of PTSD are divided into different categories or types. And these are:
Let's detail them out...
Intrusive memories: these are easily detectable signs which occurs when a person who has or is going through a traumatic situation starts having nightmares, flashbacks and frightening thoughts of the events which in turn harms her peace and disturbs her mental balance and sanity. 

Avoidance: this might be the easiest identifiable symptom as the scenario tallies with the name. This is when the patient starts avoiding or staying away from places, things or discussion that brings back those unwanted memories.

Negative mood or thoughts: this is a scenario where the patient begins to nuture negative thoughts about himself/herself, or people around him/her, when the person behind to find it difficult to maintain or sustain a relationship, keep his/herself away from people and activities they once loved and finding it difficult to experience positive emotions ,energy and having memory problem.

Negative physical and emotional reactions: here, the patient becomes easily startled or frightened, he/she is always being on guard for danger, Self-destructive behavior such as drinking too much or driving too fast becomes a norm, start experiencing trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, irritability, anger outbursts or aggressive behavior and overwhelming guilt or shame.

  The reactions and intensity of the symptom (s) varies from stage to stage but being more generally stressed could also raise the intensity, also whenever you set your eyes on things that could bring you the memories of those events. 

  Have in mind that anyone can develop PTSD at any age, including children of 6 years and below. So, make sure to always look out and care for anyone close to you who's going through trauma or any kind of traumatic situation. Your little smile might just be killing their suicidal thoughts. Because, another thing about PTSD is that it could lead you into committing suicide, so it's best and I advise you get some counselling and proper treatment once you know that you're either going through this or going to be prone to it.

 Basically, medication isn't always the basic treatment of PTSD, but psychotherapy. Why? You may ask, it's because it's majorly a psychological issue. Remember we said that it is a mental disorder earlier. When these issues arises, you are given a talk therapy (continually) by a psychotherapy which will be accompanied with some medication.

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