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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Updated on November 11, 2013

Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Approximately 223.4 million people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.. If you have any of these symptoms in this article, please find a psychiatrist, medical doctor. They have the knowledge and experience to help you. Please don't try to cope by yourself.

I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. I've had to learn to cope with it, and by writing this am hoping my coping mechanisms will help others. Mostly, I had to learn to live with it.

The very first thing you should do after being diagnosed with it, is set up some sort of mental health care. Such as a psychiatrist, group therapy. If you are unable to obtain medical insurance, you can usually find affordable, if not free mental health care through your state.

It is a myth that only people who went to war have PTSD. However that is a good example of a horrifying event that brings on PTSD. PTSD can also be inherited in the form of anxiety or depression disorders. Trauma dating back to childhood.

Teens and children can suffer from PTSD.

Symptoms of PTSD include high anxiety, rapid heart rate, suicidal thoughts, constant reliving of traumatic life event through thinking about it,nightmares, isolation, depression,low self worth, activities you once loved doing, you no longer care about, shame,trouble with memory,hard time maintaining relationships,drinking, using drugs,problems getting to sleep and staying asleep,problems focusing on the task at hand,jumpiness frighten or startle easily.

Not all of these symptoms happen at once. Symptoms may come ad go. Some may stay an entire lifetime. Some may never show up again.

It is important to seek help especially if you feel your life is unbearable, you feel your future is unbearable, you are suicidal, or experience any of the symptoms on a regular basis.

Besides a psychiatrist, or group therapy, medications may be used depending on the severity of the disease.Please use all medications as prescribed. Acupuncture is also used. Meditation and staying active. Hobbies, things to take your mind off it.Please seek help, you are not alone. there is help out there.

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thankyou for such a wonderful compliment!!

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    Thank you for bringing up this important topic - especially when you say that it is not something that is limited to war. There are so many other types of trauma that you can experience, and getting treatment is important, even if it is hard to prove to a doctor that you have it.

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thankyou everyone, I agree the military is treated poorly. My dad was a vet and I had to threaten them with a lawyer just to get the hosp to treat him period. PTSD is bad for everyone but our military should get the health care,they put their lives on the line for us some died for us. Our country needs some serious help.

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    MizBejabbers 5 years ago

    Rusti, I voted you up and my thanks for bringing out this controversial subject. I say "controversial" because the military still makes veterans with PTSD jump through unimaginable hoops to get proper treatment and, when necessary, disability. We have experience with that at our house. I also have nonmilitary related PTSD and went through the counseling at the VA with my husband. I will agree with the military counselors when they say that only military trained counselors are qualified to handle military-related PTSD. Civilians cannot relate to a veteran waking up in the middle of the night screaming that he is under fire. One problem is that PTSD medication is being over-prescribed to our veterans. Over-medicated, they can’t take their meds properly. A friend of mine lost her ex-husband to an accidental overdose of his prescribed medications, but her children have not been able to draw his pension because the military has ruled it a suicide.

    Domestic PTSD is becoming more prevalent. Some say that it is just being more medically recognized, but I think our society presents more opportunities like drive-by shootings, public shootings, domestic violence, automobile accidents, and, yes, even bullying at school. PTSD is something that parents should look for in their child when they know their child has been bullied. But, I caution, just because a child has been bullied does not necessarily mean that the child has developed PTSD. It depends on the child’s personality and the degree of the bullying.

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks for the information on PTSD. This is a syndrome rising everywhere, in all age groups. Real and serious and requires aggressive therapy, as it can lead to other issues. Voted up and useful, Interesting

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great hub and one that needs to be written, Rusti....I hope you follow up on this one with more in-depth information because I suspect a great many people will benefit from it.

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    Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

    Thanks for a great and informative Hub on PTSD. It is a common myth that only military personnel suffer from PTSD. Anyone who has experienced any kind of abuse or trauma can have PTSD, and it can be to varying degrees. It can be mild or it can be debilitating. Fortunately there is a great deal of information out there and people are more educated on the subject these days, so help is never far away.