Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of stress disorder a person may develop after being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event. When you experience a traumatic event it's normal to develop symptoms associated with PTSD, including numbness or trouble sleeping. This is known as "acute stress reaction" These symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. If your symptoms last longer than a month you may be experiencing PTSD. This can be mild moderate or severe. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be broken down into three sections 

  • Delayed - onset PTSD - This occurs when you develop symptoms of PTSD more than six months after experiencing or witnessing trauma.

  • Birth trauma - This is a type of PTSD that develops after a traumatic birth.

  • Complex PTSD - This develops if you experienced trauma at an early age or has lasted for a long time.

Causes of PTSD include:

  • Sexual assault, robbery, mugging or personal assault

  • Complex health conditions 

  • Serious car accidents 

  • Witnessing the death of a loved one or a stranger 

  • Traumatic childbirth experiences 

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Re-experiencing - when a person repeatedly relives the traumatic experience in the form of nightmares, flashbacks. These can include physical symptoms such as, sweating, feeling sick and trembling.

  • Negative thoughts associated with the event and may question why it happened to them.

  • Avoidance of certain situations that may remind them of the event.

  • Hyperarousal - finding it difficult to relax. This may eventually lead to difficulty concentrating, insomnia, rage and irritability.

PTSD may develop into more complex disorders such as, depression and may result in self-harm, drug abuse and alcoholism.

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help me?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps you understand the link between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is known to help find ways to overcome your anxiety by identifying any negative patterns which cause your anxiety and transform them with healthy, positive thoughts and feelings.This is achieved by a concept called Systematic Desensitization, which is also known as exposure therapy. Your therapist will gradually expose you to situations which would normally trigger your anxiety. Eventually you will learn to replace any negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones. 

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