Encountering a traumatizing experience in one’s lifetime is devastating, for sure. Regardless of the #traumatic event, it can lead to a diagnosis of PTSD, commonly known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Basically, it is an anxiety disorder. As a result, this type of illness can cause one to be clinically impaired and disable one’s ability to function.
#PTSD can take its form just by experiencing a wide range of traumatic events. In any case, one may experience severe trauma or a life-threatening event. So how does one develop this disorder? Mainly, it’s not just a mere stress factor; but “trauma” that gives this label to its name. There are a number of ways one can be traumatized, rendering one to feel helpless and hopeless: from being exposed to, experiencing, or witnessing a shattering event/series of events. And it doesn’t have to occur upon one’s self it can be to others.
PTSD can be different from one individual to the next. There is no specified age range or time frame when the symptoms may develop. It CAN sometimes take form in weeks, months or years before appearing. The symptoms can cripple one’s life by coming and going, and seemingly never to go away.
A traumatizing event may occur from, but not be limited to:
• Events of warfare
• Acts of physical or sexual abuse
• Acts of accidents (car/plane)
• Death of a loved one
Some symptoms of this disorder may include, but not limited to:
• Recurring memories
• Feeling of numbness/avoidance
• Re-experiencing a trauma event
• Suicidal thoughts/feelings
• Blaming self
• Increased anxiety
Overall, post-traumatic stress disorder is a long-lasting effect that can overwhelm one’s ability to cope. And impacts every aspect of day-to-day living but with proper support and management just know it is treatable.