PTSD: Causes, And Treatment Availability

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PTSD: Causes, Treatments, and Treatment Availability The flash of light was so bright that he had to cover his eyes for a second or two, and then came the noise. Noise so loud it was like a train roaring through a station at full speed, followed by the agonizing sounds of metal ripping apart. Then came the worst thing of all; the deafening silence. No sound whatsoever. No wind, no explosions, no noticeable sounds anywhere. It was utter silence that felt as though it lasted forever. This takes place every night, without fail, since the fateful night of the accident. Sounds like a good start to a movie, but this is what can happen to people who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. This is why it is so important to look at the…show more content…
They show varying statistics about who has it, what it is, and how to treat PTSD. Understanding and learning to cope with this disorder requires more than simply studying statistics and figures. According to the article “Understanding PTSD”, Friedman (2012) states that more than 2.5 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past 10 years, with many having several deployments. Any military service member will tell you that they were changed in many ways, both positive and negative. Because of this, it is very important to understand the causes, effects, and treatments for PTSD. Not only for those affected, but also for their families and loved ones. It is nearly impossible to know how many people are affected by PTSD. Of the military that have served in the Middle East, at least one fifth are affected. Combine this with the civilian population also experiencing the effects of PTSD and the number increases…show more content…
Whatever the rate, there is little debate that PTSD affects substantial numbers of returning troops and is associated with significant disability and distress for both the veteran and his/her family. The key challenge is to ensure that the disorder is recognized quickly and to make sure that reliable pathways to evidence-based care are available” (2011). Patients with PTSD have the same desire; to regain control of their lives and learn to cope with this disorder in order to live as normal a life as possible, as they did prior to developing PTSD. The medical field has developed several reliable ways to treat PTSD. The treatments often include medications and psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. There are several types of medications that can help the symptoms improve. These include antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and Prazosin (Minipress). Psychotherapy treatments often include cognitive and exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR). It is important for the sufferer to discuss all of the treatment options with their doctor, to find the best treatment plan

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