Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who experienced a stressful or traumatic event. We explain the symptoms and treatment for those with PTSD.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who experienced a stressful or traumatic event. This can include being a witness or involved in a sexual assault, crime, military combat, abuse, or natural disaster. The person can react to the experience in fear, reliving the event, having nightmares, and trying to avoid reminders of the event.
Complex trauma, which encompasses prolonged periods of abuse, domestic violence, or subjugation may lead to complex PTSD. This complicated form of the disorder has additional features including mood instability, low self-esteem, difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships, and feelings of shame or guilt.
The primary treatments for PTSD are medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. While the emotional pain can be severe, there are ways to help you through the difficult times. Each individual may respond differently to different therapies, so there is no one size fits all approach. But seeking help is the first step to recovery.
Medications can help treat the worry, anxiety, sadness, and insomnia that are associated with PTSD. These agents can include but are not limited to: