According to a new statistic, approximately 12 million Americans, with age over 6 have taken part in armed conflicts all over the world. But, at least 11 percent of them came down with a terrible mental disorder, known as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. New methods of curing PTSD are being developed each day in order to help those brave men and women alike to conquer their residual fears.
PTSD doesn’t necessarily target those who took part in armed conflicts. Specialist state that anyone who has witnessed a powerful/moving event can come down with PTSD. Basically, PTSD is the curse of remembrance. If you have witness a violent event that has traumatized you, sudden flashbacks, recurring nightmares and anxiety, all the ingredients that go along with it may be a sign that you are suffering from PTSD.
In many cases, people that witnessed a traumatic event learn to cope or to adjust to it. They don’t necessarily have PTSD, but they rather learn to keep their chin up and cope with the situation.
Unfortunately, there is no actual cure for this disease, only psychological therapies aimed at reducing the severity and length of symptoms.
According to the recent research in PTSD manifestation, it seems that the disorder usually resurfaces in the three months following the event. This can vary from person to person. Enhanced psych panels have grouped the symptoms into 4 categories: the first category relates to remembrance, and it is called intrusive memory. The second one refers to social interactions and it is called avoidance. The third one is called negative changes and it usually is about mood swings. The last group of symptoms is called shift in emotional reactions.
Let’s take a look at all the categories and see what are the symptoms associated with each one. Intrusive memories includes the actual relieving of the traumatic event. Other ramifications of this symptom are flashbacks, recurring nightmares and severe reaction when someone reminds of that event.
Avoidance usually refers to your tendency of avoiding contact with close friends and relatives. You also tend to avoid the places that are connected to the traumatic event.
Mood swings often include feeling like numbness, lack of hope and memory issues. As for the last category of symptoms, this one includes irritability, shame, lack of concentration, sleep deprivation, constant alertness and elements of self-destructive behavior.
The new methods of curing PTSD include cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and something called EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).
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