A group session of people sharing their experiences with PTSD.
- Physical symptoms - Inability to concentrate, being tired all the time, feeling irritable, or having headaches
- PTSD come in stages often called primary, secondary, and tertiary.
- Primary PTSD has to do with how the patient deals with the memory of the trauma.
- Symptoms of primary PTSD - Nighmares, flashbacks, insomnia, hypersensitivity, paranoia and withdrawal from society
- Secondary PTSD has to do with how the patient deals with their family’s reaction to their illness.
- Symptoms of secondary PTSD -Divorce, changes in family and friend relationships
- Tertiary PTSD has to do with how the patient deals with the world surrounding them.
- Symptoms of tertiary PTSD -Difficulty fitting in, difficulty relating to others, feeling of vulnerability, feeling of worthlessness, drug and alcohol-related issues
- The minds of people afflicted with PTSD can no longer think of the happy things in life after they have suffered through or witnessed horrific acts of violence.
The definition of PTSD, the abbreviation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a medical problem where people have trouble coping with life after having undergone some kind of trauma.
Facts About PTSD
An example of PTSD is the sleeping and coping problems experienced by soldiers returning from battle.
- Adjustment disorders can be caused by almost any stressor and manifest a wide variety of symptoms, while PTSD is normally associated with severe stress-causing life events and has a more specific set of symptoms.
- BED patients are also more likely to have a comorbid (co-existing) diagnosis of impulsive behaviors such as compulsive buying, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, or personality disorders.
- Because rape and sexual assault cause long-term psychological trauma, parents should be aware of symptoms of PTSD, depression, substance abuse, high-risk behaviors, and anxiety in their children.
- Be aware that a history of suicide attempts is another sign that someone may suffer from PTSD, so seek professional help immediately if you have any thoughts of harming yourself.
- Adjustment disorders are also differentiated from other reactions to stress such as PTSD by both symptoms and the relative severity of the causative event.