Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) dramatically alters the well-being of those it affects. It is a debilitating and overwhelming mental disorder, and it is not limited to those who fought in a war.
According to the National Center for PTSD, seven to eight of every 100 people will have PTSD in their lives, with approximately 8 million Americans dealing with PTSD in any given year. PTSD can develop from any sort of trauma and can affect all genders, races and ages. It is crucial to understand the effects of PTSD and how they can be managed to sustain one’s quality of life.
PTSD can be triggered by a variety of traumatic situations, with men and women both susceptible. Sixty percent of men and 50 percent of women go through at least one traumatic event in their lives. Certain traumatic events are more gender-specific – such as sexual assault on women or physical assault and active combat for men. A person is more likely to develop PTSD if they were injured during the trauma, which is one of the reasons PTSD is most commonly associated with those who served during war.
No matter your age, PTSD symptoms can emerge in the old and the young. Like many other mental disorders, PTSD also does not discriminate; anyone can experience it. According to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS), 40 percent of all female children and fifty percent of all male children are molested at some point in their young lives, causing extreme traumatic stress. On the other end of the spectrum,15 percent of all Vietnam veterans were diagnosed with PTSD during the 1980s.
PTSD symptoms include reliving the initial traumatic event through nightmares, flashbacks and certain triggers you can see, smell or hear that remind you of the trauma. PTSD can affect your overall wellbeing by leading to anxiety, depression and isolation from friends and loved ones. It is crucial to seek help so that PTSD doesn’t lower your quality of life.
Symptoms can appear years after you experience trauma, so it is crucial to keep track of your symptoms and ask for help. In our society, mental disorders may make us feel weak or ashamed, but it is important to remember that anyone can go through a traumatic event and experience symptoms of PTSD. From children to senior citizens, you are not alone; your mental disorder does not define you. Don’t lose your livelihood due to a treatable condition, and don’t be afraid to take your life back!
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