Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder

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Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder Jamie Smith 9/25/2011 Mrs. Shay Williams RN Abstract Post traumatic stress disorder is coming more and more common these days with all the war activity over seas. We will discuss the many signs and symptoms of PSTD and the many ways to care for someone dealing with PSTD. If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel lots of emotions, such as distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame or anger. You may start to feel better after days or weeks, but sometimes, these feelings don’t go away. If the symptoms last for more than a month, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience…show more content…
• Emergency responders who help victims during traumatic events. • Children who are neglected and/or abused (physically, sexually or verbally). What are the symptoms of PTSD? For many people, symptoms begin almost right away after the trauma happens. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later. Symptoms of PTSD may include: * Repeatedly thinking about the trauma. You may find that thoughts about the trauma come to mind even when you don’t want them to. You might also have nightmares or flashbacks about the trauma or may become upset when something reminds you of the event. * Being constantly alert or on guard. You may be easily startled or angered, irritable or anxious and preoccupied with staying safe. You may also find it hard to concentrate or sleep or have physical problems, like constipation, diarrhea, rapid breathing, muscle tension or rapid heart rate. * Avoiding reminders of the trauma. You may not want to talk about the event or be around people or places that remind you of the event. You also may feel emotionally numb, detached from friends and family, and lose interest in…show more content…
* Depression: persistent sad, anxious or empty mood; loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities; feelings of guilt and shame; or hopelessness about the future. Other symptoms of depression may also develop. * Suicidal thoughts: thoughts about taking one’s own life. PTSD can be treated with success. Treatment and support are critical to your recovery. Although your memories won’t go away, you can learn how to manage your response to these memories and the feelings they bring up. You can also reduce the frequency and intensity of your reactions. The following information may be of help to you. Psychotherapy. Although it may seem painful to face the trauma you went through, doing so with the help of a mental health professional can help you get better. There are different types of therapy. Other ways it can be treated are: • Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you change the thought patterns that keep you from overcoming your anxiety. • During exposure therapy, you work with a mental health professional to help you confront the memories and situations that cause your

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