Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a stern mental illness grows in one’s life after a trauma or a terrifying event or threats that makes flashbacks and keeps the mind disturbed and scared. The chance of growing PTSD in the people who has undergone an interpersonal assault is much as compared to the people with non-assault event.
The symptoms comprise of disturbing thoughts and dreams about the event, mental and physical agony, flashbacks, numbness and nightmares. The symptoms depends on the age of the patient that how old they are. The symptoms may changes the behavior and concentrations, affect the communication skills and build weak confidence level. Sudden thoughts of fear and feelings that something bad is going to happen can lead to panic attack.
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder has multifarious treatments. Medications and counseling mostly applied on the patients with PTSD. The treatment comprises of the ongoing symptoms and types, the symptoms are not constant in each person it depends on the conditions and the severity. For the counseling a good therapist will guide you well.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy may help to manage the problems that are changing the behaviors, help to remove the negative thoughts and feelings concerning the traumatic event and to abolish the misperceptions that keep you stuck.
This therapy helps to expel the fear of the trauma, build control and spirit to face by exposing the trauma and talking about it over and over unless your fear become less or by visiting the place where the accident happens. The therapist takes the patient to the place of the traumatic event, remind them and talk about that event and clear the misconceptions. This helps to cope with their feelings.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing are a new treatment for the management of PTSD. It deals with the eye movements, by following the movement of the fingers of the therapist when recalling the traumatic event.
Many types of medicines according to the severity of the symptoms are recommended by the doctors to treat PTSD some are antidepressants, anti anxiety medicines and SSRI medications sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) which are approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Treatment for PTSD Flashbacks
Flashbacks are sudden and relapsing. Emotional flashbacks do not have any visual component it makes feel a person like he or she is experiencing the traumatic event from the childhood. Psycho education is considered as the first step for managing emotional flashbacks. The simple self managing tools for treating flashback are
- Remind yourself that you are afraid but not in danger you are safe in the present and far from dangers.
- Recall yourself that you are not going to allow anyone to ill-treat you. You can push yourself out of dangerous situations.
- Set it in your mind that you are just in a flashback which can only make you hopeless and helpless. The feelings and consciousness you are experiencing is your past and it can never hurt you again.
- Try to learn the triggers that give rise to flashbacks. Avoid unsafe people places, activities and mental processes that can accelerated to flashback.
- Be in patience in the recovery process, it takes time to manage the frequency, duration and intensity of the ongoing flashbacks.
Veterans PTSD Treatment
In Military Veterans symptoms of suicidal thoughts and feelings are common but it doesn’t mean that you are weak, crazy or imperfect. The self treatments for PTSD veterans are:
- Try to do exercise as much as you can do in a day it will make your nervous system unstuck and make you feel better.
- Make your connections strong with your friends, family members and civilians it will make more conversation but it doesn’t mean that you are wasting your time it will make you find out the right person who will listen carefully without judging.
- Symptoms and effects of PTSD may be difficult on body and mind too. Try to make your priority over healthy food, tranquilizing activities and good sleep.
- Medications such as antidepressants may help to feel less worried and relaxed.