Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a condition in which a person has a difficult time recovering from an incident. Examples of causes of PTSD would include car accidents, assaults, or other traumatic events. Not only is PTSD difficult on your mental health, but it also can produce physical symptoms that can last long periods of time. These symptoms may also be debilitating and make it difficult for you to live your normal life. The more research that is being performed with PTSD patients has helped to develop new treatments for these individuals. 

Symptoms of PTSD include the following:

Reliving the event

Emotional outbursts

Insomnia

Avoiding people, places, responsibilities, or ignoring social events

Changes in behavior

Physical pain

Depression

Anxiety

Repression

Emotional numbing

Irritability 

Guilt or shame

A common misconception about PTSD is that only veterans can experience the disorder. While many veterans do have these complications, anyone who has witnessed a traumatic event or experienced it themselves are susceptible to these symptoms.

PTSD can even cause physical complications, you may experience high blood pressure or heart rate, muscle tension, nausea, diarrhea and rapid breathing. It is important to reach out to your doctor or a mental health professional when it comes to PTSD. PTSD can even take months or years to see the effects. PTSD is difficult to diagnose and is often mistaken for depression. 

Although there is no cure, you can manage your symptoms by receiving different therapies, medications, or a combination of both. PTSD can influence your life decisions and choices you make. It is extremely important to work with your doctors and come up with a successful treatment plan. If you are experiencing these symptoms or believe you have PTSD, we can perform a free mental health assessment and provide you with the proper resources.

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