What is PTSD? It’s a disorder that affects millions of people every single day. Nearly 4% of people in the united states suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While most know of this illness by way of its association with soldiers, anyone can develop this condition. PTSD is caused by emotional with possible additions of physical trauma to the individual. This anxiety disorder can affect your life on a daily basis. Someone can develop PTSD from the death of a family member or, like soldiers, because of the stresses and events of fighting in a war.

Why Should You Get Help

If you or someone that you love is showing signs of PTSD symptoms it’s vital that they seek help. At the least, PTSD is debilitating. At its worst, it can be very dangerous to the person and anyone around them. This anxiety disorder can be triggered by anything that reminds the person of whatever it was that caused it in the first place. It distorts the “fight or flight” response. If someone has lost a child, PTSD can cause that parent to feel as though people are trying to kidnap her other children or even be trying to harm them. This could be triggered even if someone is trying to give the children a hug or even if someone may be trying to help them.

Treatment Options

Like most mental illnesses, there really is no cure for them, but there is a way to get them under control so that you can live a freeing and happier life. Therapy is recommended for anyone that has PTSD and sometimes, severity depending, medication is also prescribed. The goal is to try and resolve triggering factors and to learn ways of coping with whatever your stress triggers are. There are many different therapies that can help in dealing with PTSD. Some types of working therapy include hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy; among others. As with all forms of therapy, the patient will thrive if they have a strong support network in place along with the therapy received.

Also read: Supporting a loved one struggling with PTSD

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