Rape, torture, war and shootings. People live through and witness these things every day. They are also left with a lifetime of pain. Because so many people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, it is important to know the symptoms and treatments
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many people will encounter trauma at some point in their lives. Whether it affects them personally or they witness it happening to someone else, it is very scary. Experiencing trauma can affect people differently. Some people are able to endure the trauma and move past it fairly easily in time. There are people, however, that have a more difficult time moving past and getting over the bad experience. These people may have post-traumatic stress disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that is brought on by a traumatic event. “Living through or seeing something that’s upsetting and dangerous can cause PTSD.” (NIMH, 2012, p.1) Some events that can cause a person to have post-traumatic stress disorder are; war, car accidents, rape, natural disaster, a violent assault, a life threatening medical diagnosis or losing a loved one. Anybody can get post-traumatic stress disorder. However, some factors may increase a person’s risk for getting it. Risk factors such as having a history of mental illness, living through or witnessing dangerous events or trauma, or feeling horror or extreme fear could make a person more likely to get post-traumatic stress disorder. (NIMH, 2012, p.1) Women are also at higher risk of getting post-traumatic stress disorder because they are more likely to experience the kinds of trauma that could bring on the condition. The men and women in the armed forces are highly likely to get post-traumatic stress disorder as well. If they have been in combat or been in war zones, it is likely they have witnessed horrible things.
Signs and Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a...