10 facts you did not know about PSTD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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In this modern era, most people are concerned about their health. Being healthy doesn’t imply physical health alone. It includes both physical and mental health.  When we talk about mental health, one of the major issues is the post-traumatic disorders. Soldiers and people who have shocking episodes in their life are more likely to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Apart from this, the symptoms may appear in patients who had trauma.

Some facts about PSTD

When we talk about PSTD disorders, other than the basic ideas about the disorder, there are many things that may surprise you. Some of the facts about PSTD are:

Symptoms can be visible after years

The nature of PSTD symptoms may vary from person to person. It is not necessary that it should show immediately after a bad episode in life or a trauma. However, with diagnosis and confirmation of the disorder, it would take the symptoms at least one or two months to appear, which will be either several times or consistently.

Some patients may have the occurrence of flashbacks of trauma immediately after the event, but the PTDS symptoms may appear after months. In some other patients, only flashbacks of trauma appear, while some others experience depression and anxiety. There are also some people who may undergo emotional numbness, difficulty in sleeping, lack of concentration, and so on.

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Women are more prone to develop PSTD

Since PSTD is more susceptible to careful and sensitive persons, and most of us do not know that women are more likely to have this disorder than men.  

Though the studies show that men are more likely to have trauma, women are more prone to post-traumatic disorders. 

Some studies also show that the sexual trauma causes higher post-traumatic stress than war trauma or any other trauma.

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It is not very easy to get rid of PSTD

People who have PSTD mental disorders cannot get rid of them easily. Such people are advised through counseling to forget everything and move on. In case of other mental disorders like anxiety or depression, it is not very easy to push PSTD aside and move on. You need a good counseling and therapy to come out of this disorder.  A good therapist may help the patient in this aspect and make the difference, but before consulting a therapist, it is necessary to find out if he or she is experienced and specialized in PSTD.

Symptoms are not always visible

In some cases, the symptoms may not be visible and in some the symptoms are obvious. This disorder can be problematic when it appears years after the occurrence of trauma. Some people may experience depression-like symptoms, which may result in the wrong diagnosis. In some cases, the patients may show avoidance. That is, the patient may say no to think about or recall the trauma. This is a way of the mind to memories of the bad event.

This may lead to the wrong conclusion that the problem is solved and dealt with.

Medication is not always necessary

Though medication may help cure the disorder in a great way, a therapist can solve the problem in most of the cases, and medication is not necessary to deal with the PSTD symptoms. Fortunately, there are many ways and options to cure the disorder. However, in some patients, it is necessary to take medication.

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Flashbacks may differ patient to patient

Flashback, which is one of the major symptoms of the disorder, may vary from patient to patient. Some may have very vibrant and strong flashbacks. In such patients,

a sound or sight may bring back the traumatic memories giving clear vision about the place and time when the traumatic event occurred. 

On the other hand, some patients never experience flashbacks, but the other symptoms like depression and anxiety are visible in them.

Workout is helpful

Though exercise or workout is necessary for everyone, patients with PTSD need to exercise daily to get rid of the tension, depression, and stress.  Studies show that workouts are as effective as traditional therapy.

The trauma threshold differs in everyone

As the events, impacts, and experiences are different in patients, the threshold of trauma also varies from patient to patient. Some may have the ability to forget the experience and move on, while some others feel very hard to forget the event.

Even Children can have PSTD

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It is not the adult alone who can have PTSD, but children can also develop this condition. Unfortunate events such as accidents, abuse, sexual abuse, solitude, and neglect may lead to PSTD in children, who show the symptoms of it.  Teenagers are more prone to this condition and have the symptoms such as depression, and distress. Moreover, they show aggressiveness and anger in their behavior.

PTSD is growing in the society

Due to the stress, tension and unhappy environment in the society today, the number of people victim to PTSD is growing year after year. The studies show that this situation is worsening. They show that the number of PTSD patients is more than 5 percent in every category. The old people are ignored in the society, and they are very susceptible to PSTD.

The human society has become very selfish today, and it is after money. Hence, no one has time to show care and affection towards others. This increases the stress and tension, which in turn lead to several mental conditions like PTSD.  We should do something to reduce mental stress and tension and nurture a healthy society.

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Kostas Deroukakis
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