If you have gone through a traumatic or awful experience and have trouble going back to your normal life then you may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. It is a disorder of the human mind that can be triggered following an event that has threatened your safety and made you feel helpless. PTSD is often diagnosed among the combat veterans several months after leaving the battlefields. However, any overwhelming situations and mental instability can also cause this disorder. These unique and extraordinary situations can trigger PTSD in anybody at anytime.
Post traumatic stress disorder can affect people who have experienced a traumatic event and those who have witnessed that event. Furthermore, it also can affect the sufferer's family and friends. Some of the common events that can lead to this disorder include war, violent assault, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes, physical abuses, rape, medical side effects, nuclear bombings, car accidents and kidnapping situations. It is natural for someone to suffer from this anxiety disorder if he/she loses the confidence of being safe and sense of trust. A number of researches have found that PTSD sufferers are at higher risk for health related complications such as high blood pressure, infertility and heart disease.
Most people who have gone through a traumatic event tend to experience symptoms such as having frequent bad dreams, feeling unsafe and being fearful most of the time. It would be highly impossible for PTSD sufferers to stop thinking about their past traumatic experiences. Every now and then they may experience flash backs of those events. These symptoms can come and go at anytime with or without something to trigger them. They can occur even after months and years from the day when the actual event had happened.
Fortunately, there are some treatment options available to deal with PTSD. They include counseling, therapy and mediation. The most effective treatment is using psychotherapy. It is a process of treating physiological disorder by talking about your stress and its problems. Since each individual is unique, the topics that are discussed during the therapy may differ from one person to another. During the therapy sessions, you will be exposed to those traumatic events using both hypnotic and real life exposure. These exposures help you confront the root cause of your PTSD. Some doctors would prescribe anti-anxiety medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Valium, Xanax and Cymbalta in conjunction with the psychotherapy.