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Living With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Is it Possible to Recover?

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Posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a severe illness that a person develops after experiencing a traumatic event. PTSD can interfere with the everyday lives of those who suffer from this disorder. It is estimated that roughly 5.2 million people have PTSD each year. If you have PTSD and need help managing your symptoms, reach out. Many treatment programs available can help improve your daily life with PTSD. 

PTSD Symptoms

There are four main categories when it comes to the symptoms of PTSD. The categories and symptoms are as follows: 

Reliving 

  • Flashbacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Nightmares
  • Distress in situations that remind them of the trauma

Avoiding

  • Avoiding certain people, places, thoughts, etc.
  • Feeling detached
  • Isolating
  • Loss of interest in usual activities

Increased arousal

  • Excessive emotions
  • Issues relating to others
  • Sleep issues
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Jumpy
  • Panic disorder
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Negative cognitions and mood

  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-blame
  • Social anxiety
  • Estrangement
  • Mood swings

If you are struggling with your PTSD, seek help. A residential treatment center may be beneficial in getting you back on your feet. 

Co-occurring disorders 

Frequently when diagnosed with PTSD, the person develops other mental health issues. Some of those may include the following:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder and depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance use disorders

 Treatment for PTSD

 Treating PTSD involves teaching coping skills and how to manage symptoms. If symptoms become too much, rehabilitation centers are always an option to help regain peace. Some other types of therapies and treatment options include the following: intensive outpatient rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive processing therapy, family therapy, group therapy, EMDR therapy, medication, and support groups. If you or a loved one live with PTSD and needs help managing symptoms, contact a mental health professional to see the best course of action. 

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