PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects the lives of about 5.2 million people in the United States each year, meaning about 3.6% of adults. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder caused by witnessing a life-threatening or terrifying traumatic event or events. Knowing someone who was diagnosed with PTSD can be very overwhelming and can take a toll on an existing relationship. Those experiencing PTSD symptoms may become moody and distant, which can be difficult to understand for those trying to be supportive. It is important to understand that many of the person’s actions stem from a nervous system that is constantly in a state of fear, worrying about constant threats to their safety.
Feelings of anxiety are considered normal in life, particularly if a person is facing a stressful or challenging situation. After all, the brain is wired to use anxiety to communicate feelings of fear. However, when anxiety begins to consume a person’s daily life and functioning, creating constant feelings of worry and being overwhelmed, an anxiety disorder may be present.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder caused by experiencing a life threatening, terrifying, or traumatic event. Examples of events that may cause PTSD includes physical or sexual assault, catastrophic accidents, military combat experiences, unexpected deaths, and natural disasters. The person who develops PTSD either experienced the event first hand or witnessed another person experience harm. When a person is in danger, the brain naturally creates a “fight or flight” response in order to help protect people from potential harm. However, if a person has PTSD, their “fight or flight” response has been damaged, causing unnecessary feelings of stress and/or fright despite not being in danger. PTSD can occur at any age for both men and women, although women are more likely to develop the condition.
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