How to Deal with PTSD and Its Underlying Symptoms?

“PTSD nightmares aren’t always exact replays of the event. Sometimes they replay the emotions you felt during the event, such as fear, helplessness, and sadness.”

  • Alice Cariv

A report reveals that more than 83% of active service respondents and U.S. veterans underwent PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) during their military services after the 9/11 incident. Further, it unravels that PTSD does not end up in a physical trauma condition but leads to traumatic psychological disorders making it difficult for the sufferer to deal with it.

What is PTSD?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is also referred to as battle fatigue syndrome or shell shock, which is considered a severe mental health condition developing traumatic experiences. In such circumstances, the sufferer may cause physical harm to another person or themselves. Many people experience helplessness, intense fear, horror, phobia of the relevant incidents or places.

Some of the common examples leading to PTSD include – losing a loved one forever, meeting a severe accident, witnessing a natural disaster, physical assault, war, or horrifying incidents. Here, the family and close ones of the sufferer can act as the rescuers or emergency personnel in need of the hour.

Common symptoms of PTSD –

An interesting thing about the symptoms of PTSD is that you won’t notice them right after the traumatic experience happened. The common symptoms start to appear within three months of the incident. The overall severity and mental damage depend on the condition of the sufferer. If the treatment begins at the right stage, the individual can overcome PTSD within six months or a year.

Symptoms to notice –

Avoiding social gatherings – People living under a traumatic experience tend to neglect social gatherings or communicating with others. This is to prevent thought-building processes and situations. After some time, it leads to detachment from everyone.

Reliving the incident – It’s common for the sufferer to stay in the horrifying incident for a long time. It includes experiencing – nightmares, flashbacks, hallucinations, and much more. Here, the family members can act as the best rescuer for the one suffering.

Negative mood – The horrifying memories of the incident survive and forces the individual to stay in a cranky mood with a negative perspective. This worsens the situation for both- sufferer and the family members.

How to fix it?

There are many prominent ways to handle PTSD. The whole purpose of all therapies and treatments is to reduce the severity of symptoms. Many practitioners make a sufferer undergo cognitive behavioral therapy; others may consume romulan buds that work on the underlying symptoms of PTSD and other neurological disorders. Besides these effective treatments, one must keep a check on family therapy to help the sufferer overcome fear and negative thoughts.

The bottom line is that –

PTSD is a common and scary mental health condition that leads to poor consequences for the sufferer and his/her family. It makes people suffer from many other mental health problems, which worsen with time, when not treated at the right age. Therefore, recognizing and treating it in the initial stage is of utmost importance.

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