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PTSD.

The term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one that we have grown accustomed to hearing over the last decade. Anyone who has been a victim of a life-threatening or otherwise traumatic experience can suffer from PTSD. From victims of war to domestic violence, verbal abuse to being raped, many forms of incident can leave a person suffering from the damaging psychological effects of PTSD. It’s a common problem, and one that can affect us in many ways that we might never have assumed

Most of the time, symptoms flare up almost immediately and will need some form of treatment. Other times, though, the incident can include some of these common symptoms in general:

  • A constant return to the trauma and an inability to stop replaying the problem over in your head. Even when you want to shut down for the night, the effects of the incident replay in your mind.
  • You may also suffer from flashbacks and nightmares to the event, making it hard for you to escape the event or to avoid finding reminders in the event in many normal tasks.
  • Constant alertness and an inability to drop your guard and find any kind of inner safety. You will be easy to irritate and to anger, and you will find it hard to deal with negative issues in your life.
  • Physical issues such as nausea, rapid breathing, tension in the muscles and an increased heart rate are commonplace in those who are suffering from the effects of PTSD, too.
  • A desire to hide from the issue and to try and avoid any kind of reminder of the incident at any stage in your life.
  • Emotional numbness and an inability to find any kind of meaningful attachment, even in activities that once made you feel energised and excited overall.

Common PTSD symptoms.

Other than the above, you might find that some of the below problems can spring up in your day-to-day life and make enjoying a more comfortable quality of life possible:

  • Physical stress, with headaches, stomach pain, tightness in the chest, cramps and lower back pain or showing signs of physical weakness. Dizziness, shortness of breath and sweating are all common symptoms of this issue.
  • A deep sense of mistrust for those in your life who you once trusted closely. If you find it hard to trust people who you once clearly believed in and always turned to, then you can find it hard to trust others at later points in life.
  • Daily functional issues, finding it hard to deal with normal incidents in life and feeling like you are always in a position of relative danger.
  • Substance abuse, with a desire to try and find solace in some form of intoxication. Seeking oblivion is a common means of trying to escape the emotional turmoil PTSD causes.
  • Feelings of depression, with an inescapable sense of sadness and emptiness and a total loss of in interest in what you might have once termed your passions.
  • Perpetual guilt and shame, making you feel hopeless about the future and feeling rough about the actions of the past.

These problems can leave you with a sense of utter sadness and make it hard for you to overcome the problem of depression. It can leave you with some serious problems, and is often found in people who have:

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  • Survived a major form of abuse physically, mentally or sexually.
  • Come through a violent or warzone background, such as a prisoner of war.
  • Someone who has been part of a sexual exploitation program.
  • Sufferers from long-term illness and violence.

Dealing with PTSD.

Feeling ‘better’ from PTSD is a long-term program, usually involves counselling, treatment and support. Psychotherapy is a common choice to help you talk about the issues at hand and try to face and re-live the problem head on. You have many options, most of which are centred around trying to get you to change your general understanding of these thoughts and help you to manage your response to the actions that you feel are dictated by your PTSD.

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Many people find that forms of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement reprocessing, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive processing and exposure therapy that you can tap into the right methods of personal progress. Everyone is different though, and you will find that the solution for you may be entirely different to the solution for someone else.

The best thing that you can do for PTSD is appreciate that a solution does exist. If you turn to dealing with PTSD as a long-term plan, then you should look to appreciate that options do exist for genuine change and self-improvement as time goes on.

That being said, the first issue has to be accepting that you need help overcoming the problems you face. Once you do this, it becomes much easier to believe in a more optimistic outcome down the line.

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