Tell-Tale Signs of PTSD

Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 09:30 AM

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Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD isn't a rare disorder like many people believe. It can occur in people of all ages in a variety of situations. What you may handle easily and with stride, such as a car accident, may cause someone else to become fearful of driving, experience nightmares about car accidents, and more. That is why it is important to know the symptoms of PTSD so that you can get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

PTSD manifests itself differently in different people, for example, children handle this disorder in a more demanding way than adults. What this means is that most adults have three main symptoms that suggest PTSD while children can experience dozens of symptoms, which makes it more difficult to diagnose.

The three major signs of PTSD in adults are reliving the event, avoiding talking about the event or participating in something that could bring them in contact with that event (such as driving after a car accident), and anxiety or anger when thinking about or discussing the event.

Some of the signs of PTSD in children are:
  • Reliving the event
  • Nightmares
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
  •   Depression
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Anger with no other emotional commitment
  •   Fear of being away from parent
  • Loss of already developed skills
  •   New fears or re-manifestation of old forgotten fears
While these are just some signs of PTSD they can be life changing and without treatment can lead to suicide or a complete withdrawal from society.

Adults who experience an extremely traumatic event such as war, rape, assault, etc. often experience the same signs that children do. For a child, the event doesn't have to be as traumatic for them to experience these symptoms, they are simply less prepared for some of the bad things that can happen in life and are more affected when they do occur.

PTSD can be treated effectively with therapy, although some extreme cases require anxiety medication or anti-depressants for a time in order to get the symptoms in check. It is vital that treatment happens, however, or the person suffering from PTSD can be lost to you forever.

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