Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not just a Veteran’s issue…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been thought of by many as a result of a veteran’s exposure to be and killing; relearning the rules society laid down for those years of youth.  However, while this is often the case it is not limited to these people alone.  A serious accident or event in one’s life can also leave PTSD scars.  Abusive relationships and severely dysfunctional environments can also leave its victim scarred for life.  In the latter case it is difficult to identify and understand the route cause.  To the individual this is confusing.  Some signs of PTSD are:

  1. Hyper vigilance
  2. Nightmares
  3. Trouble sleeping
  4. Depression
  5. Social isolation
  6. Anxiety disorders
  7. Problems with relationships personal or work

PTSD can lead to alcohol and or drug use (including prescription drugs).  These will dull the senses and push unwanted thoughts from the conscious.  Help is available and this can be managed.  Knowledge is the first step toward a healthy life.  Many mental health clinics are open to those who are suffering.  One such group is for Battered Women and their children – they are generally both physically and emotionally abused.  Group sessions are helpful and one can find ways of coping and moving forward in a positive direction

~ by judylove64 on June 24, 2013.

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