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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 101

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Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, is a type of anxiety that occurs after a person has experienced a traumatic event that could have led them to a serious injury or death. PTSD can  occur when  an individual begins to relive a traumatic event daily. They can become enslaved to an event that occurred years ago. Some individuals who suffer from this mental illness will often complain that they endure flashbacks, repeated nightmares and uncomfortable reactions during certain situations that may remind the victim of their past "traumatic" experiences (see additional information below for more details). Others, can become withdrawn from their everyday life tasks, people and duties. Their personality appears to have changed and they can become hopeless, and detached from reality. The victim may also have difficulty concentrating, irritation, anger and sleep problems.

People who are assaulted either mentally or physically are generally the individuals who are most likely to suffer from PTSD. Other factors include prison stay, terrorism and war. In specific events, such as war, people can become overwhelmed by "survivors guilt." This is just another terminology that suggests that an individual dealing with PTSD does not understand why they survived a horrific situation and one of their friends or loved ones did not. A person who is enduring all of this anxiety should seek help from a healthcare professional as soon as possible. PTSD can be extremely harmful to your overall physical well being. Depression is a huge concern, as well as misusing alcohol/drugs, panic attacks and physiological medical conditions. 

Although there are no specific medical tests that can determine whether you fall into this category, it is an excellent idea to contact a health care provider if the symptoms listed above persist. Be completely honest with your doctor so that they can get an accurate diagnosis on you. If you are diagnosed with Post traumatic stress disorder there is hope. Your doctor will probably suggest joining a support group with people who are currently (or have) been in your situation. The support group is likely to be very helpful if utilized correctly, because it can help an individual open up to solutions and allow them to understand that they are not alone. Medications can be prescribed, but most doctors like to try other methods before medications are prescribed. 

Post traumatic stress disorder is a serious mental condition and should be dealt with as soon as you feel that their could be something wrong. If you are exhibiting any of the above symptoms, it is important to understand that you are not alone. Take control over your PTSD, before it takes control over you...

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