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Post traumatic stress disorder is also called PTSD and is a psychological response to trauma. It is considered one of the anxiety disorders and occurs after you have experienced a traumatic event that involved the perception of injury or death or actual injury or death.
The causes of PTSD may occur right after the trauma occurs or can be delayed for more than six months past the traumatic event. If the disorder occurs soon after the trauma, it has the chance of being resolved within three months of the event. Some people can have prolonged PTSD that lasts for many years or for a lifetime.
PTSD can occur at any age and often follows natural disasters like tsunamis, floods, or fires, or non-natural events such as prison stays, war events, assaults, rape or domestic violence. Large terrorist events can trigger PTSD in those who witnessed the event or those who lost loved ones in the event. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event can come down with PTSD and PTSD can happen with relatively minor events in some people. The exact cause of PTSD is not known but there are psychological, genetic, social and physical factors involved in who gets PTSD and who does not. The bodys stress hormones are affected and the body relives the stress it once had in real life. Previous traumatic events increase the risk of developing PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD include feeling as though you are reliving the event, which interrupts daily activities. You get flashback episodes, where the event seems like it is happening again and again. You develop recurrent memories of the event, which are distressing and interfere with daily life. You can have nightmares or bad dreams of the event or have physical reactions to situations that remind you of the traumatic event.
There are avoidance reactions in PTSD. You feel emotionally numb as though nothing else matters and feelings of detachment from the world or just from other people. You cant remember important parts of the traumatic event and you don't have the same kind of interest in normal activities. Your moods are suppressed or changing all the time and you stay away from anything that reminds you of the traumatic event. You feel sad, as though you have no future.
There are problems with arousal such as difficulty concentrating, exaggerated response to things that are startling to you, irritation or anger outbursts, sleeping problems and hypervigilance. There are guilty feelings, especially if you caused the trauma or if you survived and others did not (called survivors guilt). Other typical symptoms are agitation, dizziness, fainting spells, excitability, palpitations, feeling pale, having a headache and a fever.
There are no specific tests to diagnose PTSD but a thorough psychological examination can uncover PTSD. PTSD can mimic other anxiety and depressive disorders so that it sometimes takes some digging to uncover the presence of post traumatic stress. A physical examination is sometimes warranted to rule out physical causes of the disorders symptoms.
The treatment of PTSD depends on how long you have had the symptoms and what symptoms you have. You need psychiatric or psychological therapy that might include talk therapy and medication therapy for anxiety or depressive symptoms. Behavioural therapy can help with avoidance and other symptoms that impact a persons daily life. Eventually you can become exposed to events similar to the one you have PTSD from and can still function without feeling trauma and anxiety.
Common medications for PTSD include SSRIs, which are antidepressants such as fluoxetine or Prozac. Benzodiazepines such as clonazepam or Valium are used to treat symptoms of anxiety.
Support groups can be helpful with post traumatic stress. People who have been suffering from similar issues can be very helpful, especially when a large number of people have undergone the same or similar trauma.
If you have suffered physically, mentally or financially, you should consider making an accident compensation claim. For telephone advice at no cost from PTSD solicitors just call the helpline. Our PTSD solicitors will assess the strength of your claim and will advise you on your potential award of compensation without any further obligation.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958
The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here