Most of us can benefit from learning more about PTSD.
PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is when you have experienced some sort of trauma earlier in your life, even in your childhood, and you still think about and experience it today.
How do I know I have PTSD?
There are a few ways to tell if you have PTSD. Keep in mind that you may have some or maybe even all of the symptoms but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have PTSD.
It has to be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Depending on how bad it is, you may benefit from therapy, which may include prescribed pills to help you cope and manage day-to-day.
What can cause PTSD?
Honestly, anything bad that has happened earlier in your life could cause PTSD, for example, childhood trauma.
As a child, if you were abused a lot by your parents and you have a lot of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), that could later lead to PTSD; you do not stop thinking about it. Because you cannot stop thinking about it, it can lead to nightmares, daydreams, and other stressful experiences.
PTSD could also result from changes in your life that cause anxiety or even changes in your mood or how you think. Considering what we have been through so far, these last few years even just with the pandemic, just imagine how many people have developed or even had their PTSD become worst. Maybe a loved one passed away earlier and now the pandemic may make that memory more intense. Maybe someone contracted COVID and got really sick, increasing anxiety and changing moods.
Maybe it’s none of those things. There could be a million reasons why you may or may not experience PTSD. No one but you knows your life, what is going on, or what has happened.
Is it treatable?
There is always hope for any disease or mental disorder.
PTSD is a disease and there are ways to deal with it.
I talked about some of the ways in my article Effective Coping Strategies. There are helpful ways to cope with PTSD. For example, you could write in a journal, meditate, or even go on a walk. Once diagnosed, your symptoms may improve with therapy and medication.
PTSD and the stories behind it can be very personal and big, affecting all areas of your life. As with any mental health issues, we encouragge everyone who experiences distress to call the new 988 helpline for free counseling, support, and other resources.
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