Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We all know it’s possible and today unfortunate incidents happen with more and more regularity. Some examples of traumatic events include:
These incidents become traumatic when they create or threaten physical harm to an individual. Most people who experience trauma go through a brief period of reduced coping and difficulty adjusting. After this period their reactions to the event get better and they are able to move on with their lives. In cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however, the symptoms of associated anxiety have been known to last for months or years. These symptoms severely disrupt an individual’s life.
Avoidance or Becoming Emotionally Numb:
Anxiety or Increased Emotional Arousal:
A number of factors can contribute to a person’s likelihood to develop this condition. While there is no well-defined combination, some of these factors may include:
If you experience the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it’s important to seek help immediately. People who suffer from this condition will generally receive a combination of psychotherapy, medication, or both. The ultimate goal is to teach victims how to cope with their symptoms and to understand that this disorder develops due to extraordinary stress, not from a weakness on their part.
For more information about treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, call Dr. Hege today.