Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)

Doctors aren’t sure why some people get PTSD.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care,
they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time.

You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.

The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include:

  • Combat exposure
  • Childhood physical abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical assault
  • Being threatened with a weapon
  • An accident

Many other traumatic events also can lead to PTSD, such as fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and other extreme or life-threatening events.

Symptoms May Include

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks. PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.

Behavioral: agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, or social isolation Psychological: flashback, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust Mood: loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt, or loneliness Sleep: insomnia or nightmares

Examples of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Emotional detachment

Examples of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

Other Risk Factors:

Studies have shown that some additional factors may make you more likely to develop PTSD after a traumatic event, such as:
  • Experiencing intense or long-lasting trauma
  • Having experienced other trauma earlier in life, such as childhood abuse
  • Having a job that increases your risk of being exposed to traumatic events, such as military personnel and first responders
  • Having other mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression
  • Having problems with substance misuse, such as excess drinking or drug use
  • Lacking a good support system of family and friends
  • Having blood relatives with mental health problems, including anxiety or depression
Many other traumatic events also can lead to PTSD, such as fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and other extreme or life-threatening events.

When to see a professional:

If you are having disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month. If you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent you from turning to unhealthy coping methods, such as misuse of alcohol or drugs.

Treatment Includes:

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function. Different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Medications – SSRIs

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Globally, Tru Outreach is committed to providing outreach services to inner city youth and families where social and emotional assistance is lacking.

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On August 5, 2021 my mother passed away and after losing my best friend I didn’t know what to do. Even though, I had support from friends and family members I found myself in unfamiliar territory. Feelings of sadness and depression began to increase as the days went by. Although, I was unsure of what was happening to me, I knew I was going through a very troubling time in my life because no matter what I did I didn’t feel like myself anymore.

Upon hearing of the passing of my mother my dear friend who I’ve known since she was twelve years old, Nordrene Henry reached out to lend her support. Within a few minutes into our conversation, she sensed something was wrong with me. Till this day I’m not sure how she knew but she began to share the services Tru Outreach offers to people suffering with grief and loss of a loved one. Within 24 hours a licensed therapist was calling to talk with me. I can’t lie, I still miss my mother everyday but the days are much brighter lately. Thanks to Tru Outreach.

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– Bennett Bonner

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Being a parent doesn’t come with instructions. As a parent we are not always right, and sometimes we don’t know or have the right answers. Our faith maybe strong, but sometimes prayers aren’t enough.
When your child is displaying self-hate and depression, as their parent you automatically want to help save them. It can break you down mentally and emotionally. If I wasn’t referred to Tru Outreach, I wouldn’t be able to give this testimony. They were able to match me and my loved one with a mental health specialist to help us through our situation.

-Terrina Sanders
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