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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that develops as a result of a terrifying or traumatic event. Feelings of
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder usually begin within three months but in rare circumstances they can take years to manifest.
The symptoms of hyperarousal are present most of the time and can have a huge effect on the simplest everyday tasks such as eating, working or sleeping. These symptoms are common to experience for a limited time after the trauma occurs, however, if they do not dissipate or disappear they could be a good indication of PTSD.
There are several criteria that a specialist will look for when diagnosing PTSD:
It is important to seek treatment if you suspect or have been diagnosed with PTSD. PTSD can cause physical health problems to worsen if untreated and unmonitored. Also the emotional effect on both the individual as well as the family can be extremely challenging and treatment may provide an improvement in family life as well as provide a better sense of self.
There are a variety of therapy options when it comes to treating PTSD. Usually a combination of the therapies is most effective. Some of the more common therapy treatments are as follows:
There is also an array of measure the individual themselves can take in treating PTSD.
Be sure to closely follow any prescribed forms of medication regimens and therapy treatments.
Look to others for support. Create a network of family and friends who you trust and can turn to in times of need. Inform them of any triggers and situations that would cause symptoms to emerge or worsen.
Participate in stress reducing activities such as mild exercise or hobbies. Spend time outdoors.
Take daunting tasks which could cause anxiousness and possible fear and break them down into smaller more manageable tasks. Be sure to set realistic goals to improve sense of accomplishment.
Combat sense of helplessness by helping others. Volunteer in the community or donate to a charity.
Keep a positive outlook. Convince yourself that things will improve and symptoms will get better.
Do not use drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms.
Join local support groups to connect with others experiencing the same problems.
Living with a loved one with PTSD can be very emotional taxing on family and friends. It is important to put things into perspective and realize that this is the same person you know and love even if at times that does not seem the case. Be sure to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally so you can offer support to your loved one in need. There are several things that can be done to help with the recovery process for loved ones suffering from PTSD.
The following resourses will assist individuals with PTSD or symptoms as well as family and friends of those individuals in finding the help they need:
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