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What is PTSD?

Apr 05, 2017

What is PTSD?

A mental disorder that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic experience;post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects some people very severely and causes disruptions in their normal life. It is mainly characterized by symptoms like flashbacks of the traumatic event, nightmares about the traumatic event and excessive anxiety leading to unwelcome thoughts about the event that cannot be controlled. Everyone goes through a traumatic event at some point in their life, but many people learn to cope with it and the effect of the event is short-lived. But in people with PTSD, the after effects of the traumatic event go on for a prolonged period of time; these after effects can go on for months and sometimes even years preventing them from functioning normally.

The exact reason as to why only some people develop PTSD after a traumatic event is unknown. Similar to other mental disorders, PTSD is thought to be caused because of multiple factors coming together. They include severe traumatic experiences, family history of mental disorders like depression and anxiety, genetic factors, temperamentally sensitive personality and changes in the brain and hormones. Most of the times, the symptoms are seen immediately or in a month after the occurrence of the traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms fail to appear for years.

Signs and symptoms of PTSD are different in different people and can also change over time. The most commonly seen signs and symptoms are:

  • Recurring of unwanted memories of the traumatic event
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Nightmares about the event
  • Severe emotional reactions to things that act as a reminder of the event
  • Suppression of the memory of the event
  • Severe negative changes in thoughts and mood
  • Negative thoughts about the future
  • Lapses in the memory
  • Dysfunctional personal and social life
  • Disinterest in hobbies and other activities
  • Emotional numbness
  • Severe emotional responses
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Inattentiveness
  • Sudden aggressiveness or anger

PTSD is manageable with help from professionals and therapies, and would let the person get back to a normal and functional life.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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