Recognizing and Treating PTSD

Recognizing and Treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, may be most closely associated with soldiers returning from war zones, but the problem is not confined to the battlefield. Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to anyone, and its sufferers come from all walks of life.

Battlefield conditions can trigger the symptoms of PTSD and lead to a lifetime of suffering, but so can everyday encounters with violent crime.

Rape victims often experience the symptoms of PTSD, as do those who have the victims of a home invasion or witnesses to the death of a loved one.

No matter what the cause, it is important for PTSD sufferers and their family members to know that help is available. Whether the symptoms were caused by the stress of battle or an encounter with a violent criminal, there is no reason to suffer in silence. When you call (800) 807-0951, we can help you to understand post-traumatic stress disorder and develop a long term treatment plan that will make a difference in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

PTSD is a complicated disorder, and one that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. As the incidence of PTSD continues to rise, medical professionals are getting better at recognizing the symptoms, but misdiagnosis is still all too common. If you or a loved one has experienced one of the many triggers associated with PTSD, from witnessing a horrifying event on the battlefield to experiencing violent crime up close, a diagnosis of PTSD should not be discounted.

The symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder are many and far ranging, and they can often mimic those of other physical and psychological illnesses. The PTSD sufferer may experience feelings of intense fear and helplessness, as well as night terrors, trouble sleeping and irritability with loved ones.

It is important to note that not all PTSD sufferers experience these symptoms. Some men and women may experience a few of the classic PTSD symptoms, while others will have episodes where all of the above symptoms descend at once.

There is a myth that PTSD only impacts returning military veterans, but that is definitely not the case. It is also not true that all combat veterans experience PTSD. Two people can be exposed to the same traumatic event and one will experience PTSD while the other remains PTSD-free. The exact nature of the illness is still under investigation, and scientists and doctors still have a lot to learn about the affliction.

The good news is that PTSD can be effectively treated, and doctors are learning more about the condition with each passing year. The high incidence of PTSD in returning combat veterans has spurred a lot of research, and that is good news for PTSD sufferers no matter what their original triggers may have been.

No matter what the causes of post-traumatic stress disorder, one thing is clear. Without professional help it can be extremely difficult to overcome the effects of PTSD, and there is no shame in seeking that outside assistance.

Some PTSD sufferers, including many combat veterans, feel that they are strong enough to overcome the things they experienced, and that they should be able to move on with their lives without the help of a professional. Unfortunately that is rarely the case, and prompt treatment for the symptoms of PTSD is very important.

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There have been large numbers of suicides associated with PTSD, making the illness a potentially deadly one. If someone you care about has been experiencing the warning signs of PTSD, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. When you call (800) 807-0951, our experienced counselors can help your loved one get the treatment they need to treat their PTSD and get on with the rest of their lives.

Keep in mind that the symptoms of PTSD do not appear on a timetable, so it is always important to be on the lookout for the early warning signs. While most symptoms of PTSD will start to appear within the frist three months of a traumatic event, in some cases it can take many months, or even years, fo the first signs to appear. When you do recognize the signs of PTSD, prompt treatment can make all the difference. Just call (800) 807-0951 to discuss your treatment options and get the help you need.

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