In this post we’ll discuss some types of trauma and PTSD symptoms people experience. Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition some develop after witnessing or going through a life-threatening event, like a natural disaster, sexual assault, a car accident or after experiencing combat.
It is very normal to have distressing memories, trouble sleeping or feeling on edge after going through a traumatic event. In the beginning, it can be difficult to get through a normal daily routine, like going to work or school, or to spend time with family and friends. But most people start feeling better in time, after several weeks or months.
If it takes longer than several months and symptoms still persist, you may be suffering from PTSD. For some individuals, the symptoms of PTSD start later on, or they seem to come and go over a period of time. If thoughts and emotions that resulted after a life-threatening event are still causing problems or upsetting your life, you may be suffering from PTSD delayed onset type.
But the good news is that there is treatment available for PTSD – effective treatment that works. For some individuals, treatment totally gets rid of their PTSD and for others; treatment can help the symptoms become less intense. Treatment can give you some very good tools to help manage your symptoms so you can go on to live a normal life. Effective treatment for PTSD can help you turn your life totally around, even after years of struggling.
Examples of Trauma and PTSD Symptoms
Any experience that is life threatening to you or that you are a witness to that threatens someone else’s life, can lead to PTSD. These events are traumatic for most people and can cause PTSD:
Childhood physical and/or sexual abuse
Finding out about an accidental or violent injury or death of a loved one
Military experiences, such as fighting in combat
Natural disasters, such as an earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane or tornado
Physical and/or sexual assault
Serious accidents, such as a car crash
While experiencing this event, you will likely have no control and become very fearful. Most anyone who has endured something like this is vulnerable to developing PTSD symptoms.
There are many types of trauma.
A traumatic event might be something that you endured, or something you witnessed happening to someone else. Witnessing the aftermath of a terrible or violent event is also traumatic, such as what first responders witness after a horrible terrorist attack.
You’re not the only one.
Many people experience traumatic events in their lifetime. Studies show that half those living in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event. Of these people, about 10% of men and 20% of women will go on to develop PTSD, which makes trauma and PTSD symptoms quite common. Certain things make it more likely for people to develop PTSD, such as going through a very intense or extended trauma, sustaining an injury, or reacting very strongly to the event, like throwing up, shaking or having feelings of being away from your surroundings. People more commonly develop PTSD when they’ve endured certain kinds of trauma, like a sexual assault of being in combat. But no matter what the traumatic event was, there is effective trauma treatment available.
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