After experiencing a traumatic event such as a serious road accident, assault, sexual abuse, or military combat, it’s not uncommon to experience anxiety symptoms weeks, months, or even years afterwards. A third of people who have lived through a traumatic experience develop this condition, and it’s incredibly common among rape survivors and military personnel.

PTSD develops because the trauma experience was so distressing that we want to avoid any reminder of it. Our brains don’t process the experience into a memory, so the experience stays as a current problem instead of becoming a memory of a past event. Each time we are reminded of the event, the ‘flashbacks’ mean we experience the trauma again, as though it is happening again, right now. That is very distressing, so we do our utmost to stop the flashback, and avoid any further reminder of the event, so the event remains un-processed.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects approximately 6% of the population, and women are more likely than men to develop this condition. It can occur at anytime including childhood

Post-Traumatic Stress often co occurs with depression, substance abuse, suicide feelings and panic disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is diagnosed only if the symptoms last for more than a month. For those who develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, symptoms usually begin within three months of the event, and the course of illness varies from individual to individual.

Occasionally, this condition doesn’t show up until years after the event.

 

Symptoms of PTSD

Like with any anxiety disorder, symptoms depend on the person and vary a lot (especially depending on the nature of the initial trauma).

Some people relive aspects of the trauma and have intrusive thoughts, as well as:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Extreme distress when encountering something associated with the trauma (this can be as innocuous as a food type, pattern, or smell)
  • Physical sensations such as pain, sweating, or shaking

While others are constantly on edge and feel panicked when they remember the trauma. Sufferers may:

  • Be easily angered or upset
  • Be extremely alert
  • Experience extreme insomnia
  • Be irritable or aggressive
  • Find themselves unable to concentrate
  • Be easily startled
  • Exhibit self-destructive behaviour

Avoidance behaviours are common with PTSD. Many sufferers find themselves:

  • Avoiding triggers that may remind them of the trauma
  • Repressing memories
  • Feeling detached or emotionally numb
  • Unable to express affection
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs to avoid the memories

The disorder can have a detrimental effect on relationships and day to day life, so it’s essential that sufferers seek help as soon as possible so that they can return to a healthy and stable life.

 

Therapy for PTSD

We don’t believe that pills and pharmaceuticals are the best way to tackle PTSD. In the best case scenarios, they might mask the symptoms but never truly treat the problem or help people come to terms with their trauma.

Our unique AES program is the ultimate recovery tool. Its straightforward, easy to implement and understand. It is also available here to purchase and use as a self help program with support.

CBT is another option as we are CBT specialists. We can discuss your options, either way we will help you recover as long as you follow what we tell you, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t make a full recovery.

 

Like all anxiety disorders, PTSD is fully resolvable with the right help.

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