Everyone will experience some kind of stress throughout their life.
When an emotional response to a stressful or horrific event impairs a
person's ability to cope, it is often considered traumatic. While
trauma does not always directly lead to
post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), it is wise to understand some underlying behaviors so you can
help manage/control PTSD. Studies have shown that PTSD affects 10% of
women and 4% of men at some point in their lives. It can vary in
severity, with one third experiencing the most severe symptoms
including flashbacks, sleep problems and being easily startled.
PTSD can affect anyone, and symptoms vary depending on the individual.
This condition doesn't discriminate – it affects people of all
ages regardless of their background or circumstances. The experience
may be different for everyone who has PTSD, so paying attention to
small details in behaviors can help. Symptoms appear differently, such
as instantly after a traumatic event or even decades later with
delayed onset where symptoms start to surface slowly as time goes on.
There is no definitive answer to why some people who experience trauma
develop PTSD and others do not. To understand this, we must consider a
combination of elements that may contribute to the disorder or make
individuals more susceptible to post-traumatic stress, such as:
Exposure to traumatic events
Front line occupation (Nurses, EMT, Military members, law
A family history of anxiety and depression
Many people associate PTSD with military members. However, one does
not have to experience a specific event in order for them to develop
PTSD. In fact, witnessing an accident can be enough of a
that it causes symptoms associated with PTSD (like intense physical
reactions and emotions from painful memories). The same thing happens
when children or teenagers face severe traumas which cause these sorts
of behaviors. This is becoming even more common among younger
populations than adults.
PTSD is a disorder that can impact many people's lives. It has
been estimated to affect around 10% of Americans at some point in
their life, and while there are several symptoms associated with this
condition, it often goes undiagnosed. Symptoms may include physical
pain or discomfort - such as headaches, nausea, shortness of breath;
insomnia/nightmares, or feeling constantly on guard for danger. When
trying to determine if you or a loved one are living with PTSD, it’s
important to remember that symptoms may not show up immediately. In
fact, many people have reported experiencing symptoms of the disorder
years after being exposed to trauma.
Seeking treatment for trauma as soon as possible is the most effective
way to recover. Two of these treatments—medications and therapy—both
have benefits on their own but are even better when combined together.
Psychiatric help can take place in one-on-one meetings or group
settings with your physician. Therapy helps many people suffering from
PTSD feel relief by allowing them an open space to discuss whatever
they need help understanding about what happened during a traumatic
experience while also working through the memory itself. Talking can
help people re-evaluate their memories, build skills for coping with
trauma and feel supported. It is important to be able to discuss these
difficult topics that are often brought up by talk therapy sessions in
order to provide the necessary support a person needs after
experiencing something traumatic.
In addition to a patient receiving medication and/or therapy, it is
helpful for family members to be involved. Family members should learn
about PTSD so they can understand what their loved ones may be going
through. They need to know that PTSD is treatable so that they can
provide support by reaching out and staying positive in the face of
adversity. Living with PTSD can be difficult, but there are many
treatments that have been successful in helping people live healthier
lives. Thankfully, here at Empire Psychiatry New York , we have the
experiences to provide relief for your needs. We have created a system
with the goal of providing peace of mind for our patients. We have
come up with this mission after working closely and understanding the
needs of thousands of patients to provide better service than anyone
else in our industry! For more information or help with your PTSD,
send us an email, or contact us today.