What is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how can it help the family of the victim? This is a question that has many sufferers asking, since more than one third of our population has some kind of traumatic stress disorder in their history. And although it seems very simple, the answer to this question may surprise you.
So what is PTSD and how does it affect the victim? This disorder is not easy to define because there are so many definitions available for it. One of the most widely accepted ones is that PTSD is an anxiety or psychological condition that results from experiencing a sudden and severe threat where there was no danger beforehand. It is usually experienced when the victim is in grave danger and they have difficulty stopping the feelings of fear and panic in their system. These feelings of panic and fear will then affect the sufferer's everyday life and prevent them from carrying out their normal functions in their lives.
The intensity and the duration of the symptoms can vary from patient to patient and they can even develop over time without the patient ever experiencing any traumatic events in his life. The causes of this disorder are still under study and not yet understood completely. Although there is some evidence pointing to the possible genetics of some patients with PTSD, there is also the possibility of experiencing the disorder after traumas such as abuse or accidents that include serious injury. However, most patients do experience the symptoms after they have experienced a traumatic event and most often these events happen in the patient's childhood. The only common factor between all those who have suffered from PTSD is that they are all victims and that they all suffer from the trauma of experiencing a tragic event in their childhood.
Symptoms of this disorder can be classified into two, the negative and the positive. While some symptoms can help a patient cope with the disorder, there are others that may trigger the development of PTSD and make it worse. Some of these symptoms are: avoidance of familiar places, isolation, avoiding contact with family or friends, nightmares that seem to come true and constant thoughts of dying, suicide and death.
Several studies have shown that PTSD can lead to the development of anxiety disorders and depressive disorders in patients who are already suffering from one. Therefore, if you have a family member who is undergoing treatment for any form of mental or emotional problem, you mus