Perception of danger triggers the health response of fear and leads to action. In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this reaction is damaged or changed so that the individual experiencing a frightening event feels acute fear even when the danger is no longer present. Weeks, months or years after a terrifying ordeal, the person may again experience the intense reaction relentlessly. This leads to sleeplessness, anger, and flashbacks as multiple triggers cause the individual to vividly relive the horrifying events.
Physical health becomes impaired as the individual is robbed of joy. Relationships and work performance are affected as the individual, feeling helpless, is captured by the emotions relating to the distant event.
The traumatizing event may be on a distant battlefield, or a vehicle crash or near miss, or the sudden loss of a loved one. Any of these can result in PTSD symptoms.
What can be done?
PTSD does NOT lessen as time passes. Rather the symptoms seem to escalate. Current research suggests that Counseling therapy plus medication yields satisfactory changes in this desperate cycling.
If you or a loved one is suffering with this devastating disorder, seek professional help NOW. For a free phone consultation call (239) 292-4458