Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it…. it doesn’t just stop at the victim…. it extends to those closest.
Notice the symptoms: Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These can happen without a trigger and at any time.
Many people who go through a traumatic event may have temporary difficulty adjusting, coping and understanding the event, but with time and good mental health-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day function….
It could be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Getting effective treatment after Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function for those struggling.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms when you're stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault
When to get help and book with a therapist?
If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they're severe, or if you feel you're having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms from getting worse.