Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that often develops after a traumatic event. The person suffering from the disorder either was part of the event – it could be anything from a physical attack to a family member’s sudden and untimely passing – or in some cases the person witnessed things that were so emotionally distressing that they become affected by it.
Many Vietnam veterans suffered from PTSD which is how light was originally shed on the disorder. Now, soldiers coming back from war in the Middle East are also afflicted with this disorder. Of course, war isn’t the only trigger. PTSD can result from vast number of events including rape, torture, being kidnapped, child abuse, being in a car accident, seeing traumatic events like train wrecks, plane crashes or bombings. Even natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or hurricanes can cause PTSD.
Some symptoms of PTSD are flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. Some people are often plagued by uncontrollable thoughts about the traumatic event. If you live in New York, seeing a top psychiatrist in NYC will help.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 7.7 million people have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In most cases, PTSD symptoms will develop within three months of the traumatic event but there have been a small number of cases where the symptoms have taken years to appear.
It’s completely normal for a person to have a difficult time adjusting and coping after a traumatic event but there are times when the symptoms can get worse and sometimes last for months (or years) at a time and affect your life. If this happens, it’s likely that you are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress disorder.
There are ways to prevent PTSD from having a long-term affect on your life. The main thing is to deal with everything you’ve experienced and to get help from a top psychiatrist in NYC immediately. If not, the chances of suffering from a debilitating bout of PTSD is possible.
The NIMH has grouped the symptoms of PTSD into three types: intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or hyperarousal (emotional arousal).
Intrusive memories usually include flashbacks or sometimes reliving the traumatic event for minutes or in some severe cases, for days at a time. The PTSD sufferer will also dream of the traumatic event.
The symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing include avoiding thinking or talking about the event, avoiding activities you used to like, memory problems, concentration issues, hopelessness about the future, difficulty keeping close relationships with friends and family.
Symptoms of anxiety or increased emotional arousal can include anger, guilt or shame (this is especially the case with rape victims), self-destructive behavior (drinking and drugs), imagining things that aren’t there and sleeplessness.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to see a top psychiatrist in NYC like Dr. Wendy Wolfson.
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