Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Definition: mental health disorder caused by a terrifying event
Symptoms:
* Flashbacks, or feelings of the event occuring again
* Nightmares or trouble sleeping
* Feeling alone
* Angry outbursts
* Feeling sad, worried, guilty, or scared
Facts:

  • People who haVe PTSD are more likely to be addicted to ciggarettes, alcohol, marijuana, or drugs.
  • Also, people who have PTSD are more likely to have another disorder such as bipolar, OCD, panic attacks, eating disorders, or other anxiety disorders
  • Children can suffer from PTSD
  • Someone who suffers from PTSD may have a smaller hipocampus which is a region in the brain that deals with memory
Treatments:
  • Talking to a therapist may help because most people keep their feelings bottled up
  • CBT is a type of counseling that is most effective for people with PTSD
  • Medication is also a treatment. SSRI is a type of medication used for treating depression but can help with PTSD.
  • CBT may be treated within 3-6 months. Most people with PTSD have other disorders and the treatment for this could be 1-2 years