Post Traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that can affect anyone. Because of this, it is important for everyone to understand exactly what it is and how to treat it. What should you do if you or your loved one is showing signs of PTSD? We are here to help. Neurosciences Medical Clinic is professionals in PTSD treatment.

 

Understanding PTSD

Originally understood as the aftereffects of war on certain military veterans, we now know that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition is caused by exposure to a traumatic event or frightening experiences such as sexual assault, war, natural disaster, accidents or the threat of death to oneself or a loved one. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a long-lasting consequence of incredibly traumatic events that overwhelm a person’s ability to cope.

 

Most people who have been exposed to traumatic events develop feelings of anger, shock, fear, guilt, and anxiety. These are completely normal reactions to an unnatural event and will fade over time. A person who has PTSD develops unusually strong feelings after such an event that they prevent an individual from living a purposeful life. Unfortunately, the symptoms of PTSD do not fade over time, these feelings intensify until the person is overwhelmed and unable to function.

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop at any age, even during the first year of life. Symptoms most often begin to appear within the first three months following the incident but can present months or years later. Trust us when it comes to PTSD treatment.

 

Symptoms and Signs of PTSD

After an individual experiences a traumatic event, there are various symptoms they can face based on the severity of the incident.

  • Persistent, Invasive, or Intrusive Symptoms:
    • Intrusive, invasive, involuntary distressing memories of the events
    • Nightmares
    • Dissociative episodes (flashbacks) during which the individual feels they are re-experiencing the event
    • Prolonged emotional distress when faced with triggers of the trauma
    • Physiological reactions to triggers of the event

 

  • Avoidance Symptoms:
    • Avoidance (or attempts to avoid) people, places, activities, conversations, objections, and situations that may lead to disconcerting thoughts, feelings, or memories of the trauma
    • Efforts made to avoid anything that triggers distressing memories, feelings, or thoughts of the event

 

  • Negative Mood Symptoms:
    • Inability to remember parts of the traumatic event
    • Negative beliefs about oneself, others, or the world
    • Distorted thoughts about the trauma that lead to assigning blame for the event to themselves or another person
    • Constant negative mood state
    • Inability to feel pleasure
    • Feeling disconnected from others
    • Inability to feel positive emotions

 

  • Alterations in Arousal Symptoms:
    • Irritability
    • Angry outbursts without provocation
    • Recklessness
    • Self-destructive behavior
    • Self-harm
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Hypervigilance
    • Exaggerated startle response
    • Sleep problems

 

  • Other symptoms of PTSD may include:
    • Depersonalization: Feeling detached from your body, as though you’re looking down from above
    • Derealization: Feeling as if you’re walking on water, in a dream or alternate reality

 

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If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of PTSD, our experts are here to help. We are professionals dedicated to PTSD treatment which is located in Miami. Call or contact Neurosciences Medical Clinic today for further information.