Key Points That Help in Identifying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Health Problems
Physical health problems can happen because of long periods of physical agitation or arousal from anxiety. Trauma survivors may also avoid medical care because it reminds them of their trauma and causes anxiety, and this may lead to poorer health.
 
For example, a rape survivor may not visit a gynecologist, and an injured motor vehicle accident survivor may avoid doctors because they remind him or her that a trauma occurred. Habits used to cope with post-traumatic stress, like alcohol use, can also cause health problems. In addition, other things that happened at the time of the trauma (for example, an injury) may cause health problems.
 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Survivors may turn to alcohol and drug abuse when they want to avoid the bad feelings that accompany the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. However, this actually leads to more problems in the long run.
 

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Key Points

Key information about the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder includes:
 
  • Traumatic events happen to many competent, healthy, strong, good people. No one can completely protect himself or herself from traumatic experiences.
 
  • Many people have long-lasting problems following exposure to trauma. Up to 8 percent of individuals will have post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms at some time in their lives.
 
  • People who react to traumas are not going crazy. They are experiencing PTSD symptoms and problems that are connected with having been in a traumatic situation.
 
  • Having symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic event is not a sign of personal weakness. Many psychologically well-adjusted and physically healthy people develop PTSD. Probably everyone would develop PTSD if they were exposed to a severe-enough trauma.
     
  • When a person understands the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder better, he or she can become less fearful of them and better able to manage them.
     
  • By recognizing the effects of PTSD and knowing more about the related symptoms, a person is better able to make decisions regarding treatment.
     
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