PTSD is a psychiatric disorder which can affect anyone who has witnessed or gone through a traumatic event. Many people associate PTSD with war or even natural disasters, but it can affect people who have been in an accident or suffered personal assault, like battery or rape. Some people with PTSD have loved ones who actually went through the traumatic event, while others, such as first responders, come upon the scene soon after, so their exposure is indirect.
About 7 out of every 10 Americans experience a traumatic event at least once, and about 1 out of 5 of those go on to experience PTSD. Women are more likely to experience PTSD than mean, about 1 out of 9. Unfortunately, PTSD is often misdiagnosed or under treated, but it is a serious and real disorder that can be alleviated with treatment.
The first part of diagnosis is identifying the traumatic event which started the issues. Many symptoms of PTSD might be diagnosed as something else without knowing that there was a place where it started. Here are the symptoms:
When people experience constantly negative feelings, they withdraw from the people they are close to who would be able to support them in their time of trouble. They often feel a disconnect, and an inability to relate to others. Their constant negative feelings cause them to lose the ability to experience the positive aspects of life.
The inability to concentrate can make work or school difficult. Eventually, individuals suffering from PTSD will suffer negative impacts in all areas of their lives, including their social and family lives. They may turn to drugs or alcohol to find relief, which only masks the real problem and leads to no relief. Some people with PTSD eventually commit suicide.
You probably can’t accurately diagnose yourself if you have PTSD. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms, you do probably realize that you are not feeling as well as you could. You may not realize that you need and deserve help so that you can once again experience life with the joy from before.
At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, we offer a range of treatment services for our clients in the Phoenix area that will help them to manage their PTSD. Our doctors can help prescribe medication if needed, and we will help you develop a personalized treatment plan that works best for your situation. If you or a loved one may be suffering from PTSD, call today to see how we can help.