Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ) develops in some individuals who have experienced a psychologically traumatic event. The trauma is of high stress and risk, often being life-threatening. PTSD is characterized by the severe anxiety caused by the event. Many associate the disorder with military personnel, but it can follow any traumatic event. Its normal for an individual to feel afraid during and after an event, but most people recover from the initial symptoms naturally. However, an individual with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may not recover and may continue to feel stressed or frightened even when not in danger.
An individual with PTSD often relives the trauma through flashbacks and/or nightmares. During these moments, they may feel the physical symptoms like their heart pumping and sweating as if they were in the traumatic event again. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder also includes an individual avoiding places, things, or objects that remind them of the traumatic event. Individuals may be easily startled, feel tense, have difficulty sleeping, and have anger outbursts. PTSD sufferers may have trouble remembering key features of the event as well. Diagnosis requires that these symptoms last more than a month and causes consistent difficulties in an individual’s normal functioning.
Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder begins with understanding the root cause of the stress disorder. Since PTSD is primarily event dependent, it’s important to know what the event was and when it happened. Therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and stress inoculation training have shown effectiveness in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Group therapy has been effective in reducing the effects of PTSD as well. In addition, medications may be used in treatment, but often in supplement to individual and group therapy.
Parents of adolescents who have experienced traumatic events are encouraged to find them treatment as quickly as possible. Early intervention, like psychological debriefing, can lessen or even prevent the onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Parents may have trouble understanding the symptoms of PTSD because they are often automatic and deep-seated. It’s important for parents to find professional treatment for their child if they are displaying symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Promise Village: Home for Children uses individual, group, and family therapy to help children overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The program helps the child to identify the root causes of the trauma and processes them accordingly in order to lessen or eliminate their PTSD symptoms. Promise Village is committed to helping children and their families effected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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