Causes Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, can be defined as a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms usually include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the particular event. Not everyone who goes through a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Although a victim of a traumatic event may have trouble coping and adapting after the incident, it’s not considered PTSD until those symptoms become disruptive to everyday life, and last for at least a month after the event. In some cases, the symptoms won’t even appear until months or years after the traumatic experience. Post-traumatic stress disorder is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms and a thorough psychological…show more content…
Intrusive memories can include flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time as well as upsetting dreams about the traumatic event. Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing involve trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event, feeling emotionally numb, avoiding activities you once enjoyed, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, trouble concentrating, and difficulty maintaining close relationships. Often, a person with PTSD will change their entire outlook on life after a traumatic event. The symptoms of their PTSD will cause them to reevaluate their life, and often cause them to make irrational decisions based on fear of such an event occurring…show more content…
The most common causes of this disorder are: war trauma, abuse or rape, car accidents, but there are also many other causes. Doctors aren't sure why some people get post-traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic event, but others don’t. As with most mental health problems, PTSD is probably caused by a complex mix of: inherited mental health risks, such as an increased risk of anxiety and depression, life experiences, including the amount and severity of the trauma, the inherited aspects of your personality, such as how emotions are handled, as well as the way the brain regulates the chemicals and hormones the body releases in response to

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