September 1, 2022

PTSD

Alanna O'Neill

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.  The origins of recognizing PTSD emerged following World War 1 when veterans were diagnosed with "shell shock" or "combat fatigue" from their experiences fighting in the war. However, although we often here about PTSD in relation to veterans, PTSD can affect anyone of any job, gender, race, or culture. PTSD is fairly common with about 1 in 11 adults in the US being diagnosed with the condition at some point in their lifetime. Women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by PTSD; women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD and Latinos, African-Americans, and American Indians also have higher rates of PTSD that white Americans.

So what does having PTSD look like? Like with any disorder, PTSD symptoms vary from person to person. It is often characterized though as having intense, disturbing thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic experience lasting long after the experience has ended. Some people relive the event through nightmares or flashbacks and others may have intense mood changes from fear to anger to sadness. People often become estranged from others and have extreme negative reactions to anything that reminds them of the event, such as a loud noise.

PTSD can often accompany other psychiatric challenges such as anxiety and depression. Therapy is the most recommended treatment for helping PTSD. If you feel that you or a loved one are struggling with PTSD please reach out for mental healthcare help. The Resource Center has therapists to connect you with to help you through these struggles. Additionally, though therapy is a wonderful help, it is not a one size fits all solution. If this is the case for you do not get discouraged. There are additional psychotherapy treatments and medications to try. The Resource Center can again help you navigate these challenges through connecting you with proper healthcare services.

Thank you for putting in the time to learn more about PTSD. Please reach out if you need help regarding this disorder.

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