Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a problem in which the brain continues to react with extreme nervousness after a horrific trauma, even though the original trauma is over. A survivor’s brain can react by staying in overdrive and being hyper-alert to the next possible trauma.
A Veterans Affairs Medical Center psychiatrist, Rachel Yehuda, studied a group of women who were all pregnant and near the Twin Towers on the day of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Her findings, published in the July 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggest that women who developed PTSD may have passed on a chemical marker for the disorder to their unborn children.
PTSD occurs far more often than most people realize. It affects nearly 8 million American adults, according to the National Mental Health Association. According to the American Psychological Association, PTSD is "an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, such as terrorist attacks, motor vehicle accidents, rape, physical and sexual abuse, other crimes, or military combat."
Other associated physical symptoms of PTSD include:
Social issues associated with PTSD include:
In the short term, most people might experience some of these symptoms after experiencing a trauma. But if any symptoms last more than a month and affect job performance or the ability to function at work, school, or in relationships, survivors should consult a licensed mental health professional. Finding a psychiatrist who works together with a licensed counselor to treat PTSD with medication and psychotherapy is the best solution. And if a depressed person expresses that they would rather die than continue to live with their problems, they should be taken immediately to the nearest emergency room.
For several years, I have been writing a blog with helpful suggestions for overcoming PTSD. You can find all of my posts by going to Cheryl's Thoughts. Below are some other websites which might be helpful: