Other symptoms experienced in PTSD.
Misunderstood feelings of shame, despair, or hopelessness.
Inability to control emotions
Mounting problems with friends and family
Self destructive behaviour
Changed belief system
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) oftentimes develops soon after experiencing a traumatic event that threatens ones safety or makes one feel helpless.
- PTSD is not just afflicting the battle-scarred soldiers., though military combat is the most primary cause of PTSD in men
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who was involved or personally experienced the “traumatic event”.
- PTSD develops on an individual basis from person to person.
- PTSD can take weeks, months, years to appear., though it is more often known to develop soon after an overwhelming life situation, “trauma”.
What would be considered a traumatic event?
A traumatic event ordinarily implies one which a person witnesses or experiences something which threatens the safety of, or threatens one’s livelihood. It could be a serious injury or even sexual violence.
Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include:
- Natural disasters
- Car or plane crashes
- Terrorist attacks
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Partner Infidelity
- Childhood neglect
FLASHBACK / RELIVING THE TRAUMATIC EVENT
Symptoms of PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Patient is triggered by something sensory., which then causes them to relive the traumatic event. Mentally, emotionally and physically the patient can re-experience the event. The intense fear signaling fight or flight response, increased cortisol levels, heart rate, hormonal shifts.
AVOIDANCE OF REMINDERS OR TRIGGERS – Patients experiencing the mental and emotional distress of PTSD will subconsciously aim to avoid any and all situations that trigger memories of the trauma i.e.,) War veterans may avoid watching movies or television programs that have weaponry. Some patients have a constant need to stay busy and will set themselves up so that they consistently avoid dealing with their past exposure to trauma.
FEELING NUMB – In an effort to prevent painful memories from surfacing, patients will protect themselves by being and becoming completely uninvolved. Patients may lose interest in the activities they once used to love. Patients may avoid developing relationships and friendships due to their discomfort with feeling emotionally connected. Patients often completely forget the trauma.
NERVOUS WRECK – This person’s response to continued stress has created an oversensitivity to any and all signals of stress. This individual will consistently feel like they are on high alert. Ready for any danger big or small., and with no sufficient gauge to measure the difference between both. “Fried”Keyed Up” Nervous wreck symptoms include having an increased emotional arousal, intense mood variations, quick to anger or upset, the patient is sitting in a state of constant fear / anxiety, sleep disturbances are prevalent, and difficulty concentrating.
MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND ADDICTION - Other health issues present themselves once someone develops PTSD. It is common to experience depression or anxiety, alongside PTSD. Some people find using alcohol or drugs helps them cope with the traumatic memories. This can worsen PTSD., as dealing with the difficult emotions is necessary for healing from the traumatic experience.
Clinical Studies / References:
Read about PTSD treatment and the clinical studies regarding medical cannabis in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder.