Post-traumatic anxiety disorder (PTSD) is caused by watching a frightening, usually life-threatening, occasion. Acute anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares are common symptoms of this illness. These symptoms of PTSD can worsen and last for years, so it’s advisable to seek treatment for PTSD whenever possible. Recently, a friend of mine, a psychiatrist, suspected me of suffering from PTSD instead of bipolar disorder. That’s why I’m trying to find out more about the symptoms of PTSD. I describe the result below. In addition, there was also a psychiatrist who suspect me suffering from schizoaffective.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
Not every traumatized person develops ongoing (chronic) or even short-term (acute) PTSD. Some experiences, such as the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also bring about PTSD. Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 weeks of the traumatic episode, but occasionally they begin years later. Symptoms must last over a month and be severe enough to interfere with work or relationships to be considered PTSD. In some individuals, the condition becomes chronic. At least there are four symptoms of PTSD.
Reliving The Traumatic Event
Bad memories of the traumatic event can return at any time. You might feel the same fear and dread you did when the event happened. You will feel like you’re going through the event again. This is referred to as a flashback. Sometimes there’s a cause: a sight or sound which causes one to relive the event.
- Hearing a car backfire, which may bring back memories of gunfire and warfare for a combat veteran.
- Seeing a car collision, which can remind a wreck survivor of her or his own accident.
- Seeing a news report of a sexual assault, which might bring back memories of attack for a woman who had been raped.
Avoidance Symptoms of PTSD
- Staying away from places, events, or items which are reminders of the traumatic experience.
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings about the traumatic event.
- Suddenly becomes irritable or angry.
- Have difficulty sleeping.
- Have reckless behavior or to consider hurting yourself.
- Fear for your security and constantly feel on guard.
- Be quite startled when someone surprises you.
- Trouble recalling key features of this traumatic event.
- Distorted feelings such as guilt or blame.
Things that remind someone of the traumatic event could cause avoidance symptoms. These symptoms can cause a person to change their personal routine. By way of instance, after a terrible car crash, someone who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a vehicle.
Arousal and Reactivity Symptoms of PTSD
You might be alert and on the watch for danger. This is called increased emotional arousal. It can make you.
Cognitive and Mood Symptoms of PTSD
Cognition and mood symptoms may begin or worsen following the traumatic event, but aren’t due to injury or chemical use. These symptoms may make the individual feel alienated or isolated from friends or relatives.
Incidence of PTSD
Including war veterans, children, and those who’ve been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or a number of other serious events. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes can make some individuals more likely to develop PTSD than others. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or relative experiences danger or injury.
Three distinct kinds of post-traumatic anxiety disorder exist. If symptoms last less than three months, the condition is deemed acute PTSD. If symptoms persist at least three months, the disease is known as chronic PTSD. If symptoms manifest at least six months after a traumatic event, the disease is categorized delayed-onset PTSD, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
If you or your beloved ones having PTSD, surely you or they need treatments. Including the treatments are drug treatment and psychotherapy. Drugs used mostly from antidepressants like Sentralite (Zoloft) and Paroxetine (Paxil). To deal with coexisting conditions as schizophrenia, the physicians might give you antipsychotics as well. There are available several treatments too. Including them is EMDR therapy. Hope this short writing help you give more understanding about signs and symptoms of PTSD.
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