The Undefeated Remnant: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Written by Pliro
Dec 16, 2017 Last updated: Dec 16, 2017
Colonel Khalid returned home after spending 11 months in a war zone. He was happy to see his family and everything seemed fine until his war memories started haunting him. He experienced flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety attacks every other day. A person who commanded an army of 900 men fails to face his own dreams.
Areej, a gorgeous 7 years old girl, refuses to attend school because she lost all her classmates in a brutal terrorist attack 3 years ago.
Causes Of PTSD
People experience post traumatic stress disorder if they have been through a really terrifying experience. An experience where they felt their own or someone’s life was under threat. For a person to suffer from PTSD, the reason might be a major or minor event. This can be a car accident, murder, fight between two strangers, death of a close friend, and even your own child’s birth.
“Birth Trauma Association estimates as many as 200,000 women experience trauma after childbirth, of whom 20,000 develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder”. So even when the whole family is busy distributing sweets on the birth of a new family member, the mother might be frightened to death.
It’s not necessary that the symptoms appear right after a day. It can take up to a year or more and not every traumatized person develops PTSD. The course of this illness varies from person to person.
Only a psychiatrist or a psychologist can diagnose PTSD. An adult suffering from this condition shows all of the following symptoms for at least a month:
– At least one re-experiencing symptom (Flashbacks, nightmares and frightening dreams)
– One or more avoidance symptom (Avoiding feelings, thoughts or objects related to the traumatic experience)
– Two or more arousal and reactivity symptoms (Difficulty in sleep, anger attacks, anxiety)
– At least two cognition and mood symptom (Loss of interest in normal activities, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, guilt and blame)
In children you can see signs such as bed wetting, lack of interest, anger, clinginess, sudden refusal, confusion, and unusual screaming and fearful behavior.
Once you figure out any such changes in yourself or anyone around, the best treatment is consultation of a psychiatrist or psychologist. They usually opt for psychotherapy and they may involve other family members and friends. But actual treatment starts from within. To deal with yourself you need to counter your weakness, control your anger, relax yourself, exercise regularly and maintain a good diet.
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