Post-traumatic stress disorder or the PTSD is the mental health disorder that happens due to any terrifying event in life. This disorder happens to a person whether he or she has experienced it or have witnessed it. Some of the common symptoms include nightmares; severe anxiety, flashbacks and uncontrolled thoughts. Most of the people who are suffering from the traumatic events may feel temporary difficult to cope up with the problems that are going on, but continuous medications and psychotherapy can get a better life. PTSD may last for months or for years and might interfere with the normal functioning of the body.
Causes of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are various events that are responsible for the PTSD, they are-
- Major road accidents
- Prolonged sexual abuse or severe negligence
- Violent personal assaults, robbery or mugging
- Terrorist attacks
- Being held as the hostage
- Witnessing violent death
- Facing natural disasters like severe flood, earthquakes and tsunamis
PTSD is the mental disorder that develops when someone experience any type of disturbing event which can affect the person after a week, month or even after years. This problem can affect one people out of three who have gone through the traumatic experience. But, it is not clear that why some of the people develop this condition whereas others don’t. According to the renowned psychotherapist Mani Pavuluri, there are various medications that help in overcoming this issue and make the patient lead a normal life.
Do Children With PTSD React Differently Than Adults?
According to Mani Pavuluri, it is seen that children and the teens react extremely to trauma. However, the symptoms are not same as like that of the adults. The children show symptoms like-
- Wetting the bed even after learning how to use the toilet
- Being clingy with the parent or with any adult
- Acting in a scary event even when the kids are playing
- Forgetting how to or unable to talk in certain situations
Treatments of PTSD
This mental disorder can be solved in two different ways, one is through medications and the other is by the psychotherapy. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and also the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are used to treat PTSD. The names of the medicines include paroxetine, venlafaxine, sertraline and many more. As per Dr Mani Pavuluri, the medications should be coupled with trauma-focus psychotherapy. This is further divided into three sections. The first part involves steps like overcoming negativity and stress. The second part involves narration and storytelling and the third part involves feeling safe. These all treatments can help you to overcome PTSD.
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