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Who Can Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who may have experienced scary, shocking, or dangerous events can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A scary feeling is natural during and after a traumatic situation. The fear in one’s mind triggers changes in the body as a safeguard against danger. This is also known as the fight or flight syndrome, which is a typical reaction in people to protect themselves from harm.

Everyone will experience a range of reactions following a trauma, but most people recover from symptoms naturally. Those who continue dealing with the symptoms have post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Stress and fear can also be felt by people who are not suffering from PTSD even when they are not faced with a dangerous situation. Therefore post-traumatic stress disorder differs from one person to another.

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”  ― Susan Pease Banitt

 What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not every person who has experienced trauma will develop chronic or short term PTSD. Likewise, people who have this disorder may not have been through a dangerous event. On occasions, the death of a loved one can also lead to the development of PTSD. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes begin within a period of three months, but they also have the potential to begin even after three years. The symptoms must last for more than a month and be severe to interfere with relationships and work to be classified as PTSD.

The duration of the illness, however, varies, with some people recovering in around six months while others have the symptoms for longer. Some people may even develop chronic conditions of PTSD.

 The Risk Factors For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nearly everyone can develop post-traumatic stress disorder at any age. War veterans, children, people who have been through physical or indecent assault, abuse, accident, a disaster or any other serious events can develop post-traumatic stress disorder. The National Center for PTSD has mentioned that approximately 7 to 8% of people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Additionally, women are more susceptible to this problem than men. Genetic factors also have a role to play in people developing PTSD.

 Resilience Factors that Can Reduce The Risks of PTSD

If you want to reduce the risks of PTSD, you can use some of the resilience factors below:

  • — Look for support from other people, including friends and family.
  • — Get in touch with a support group after a traumatic event.
  • — Have a real strategy to cope with the trauma or a method of getting away from the bad event and learning from it.
  • — Lear to feel good about your actions even in the face of danger.
  • — Learn to respond and act effectively despite being fearful.

There is a 0ngoing research to understand the importance of resilience factors. I future, it may be possible to predict the likelihood of PTSD and prevent it.

 The Treatment And Therapies For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The primary treatment for people with PTSD includes medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. PTSD affects people in different ways, so a treatment that is suitable for one individual may not be suitable for another. Therefore, it is important for people with PTSD to be treated by an experienced mental health care provider. Some people with this condition may need to try different types of treatments to understand the option best suited for them.

“The power we discover inside ourselves as we survive a life-threatening experience can be utilized equally well outside of crisis, too.” ― Michele Rosenthal Susan Scott

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be dealt with by psychologists and psychiatrists. Therefore, if you have the condition,  do not rely on just any healthcare provider.

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