What is PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder i.e PTSD is a serious emotional illness that may create after some people experience a traumatic event. PTSD classified as an anxiety disorder, this disorder recognizes as a formal diagnosis in 1980.
As we know everyone has a different structure of the mind , so it is not necessary to develop PTSD in everyone, so everyone experience this disorder differently
There are below common symptom of regular PTSD
- Physical sensations in response to “triggers” which cause PTSD
- Other symptoms of anxiety
- Emotional numbness
- Avoidance behaviors
- Feelings of guilt and shame
- Panicking when reminded of the trauma
However, there are following below symptom of, complex PTSD or C PSTD
- Feeling hostile or distrustful towards the world
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Feeling nobody else understands
- Relationship difficulties
- Sometimes Feeling different and difficult to relate to others
- Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
- Dissociative symptoms e.g. depersonalization and derealisation
PTSD can arise from multiple individual traumatic experiences. Natural Example of trauma leading to C-PTSD include:
- torture, kidnapping or slavery
- childhood abuse (including sexual abuse)
- repeatedly witnessing violence or abuse
- childhood neglect
- ongoing domestic violence or abuse
- being forced to become a sex worker
The prolonged nature of C-PTSD means that it is often more difficult to treat than PTSD. There is mainly two treatment preferred for complex PTSD.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-focused CBT is, as it’s name suggests, cognitive behavior therapy with a focus on the experience of trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is also unique PTSD therapy and, unlike TF-CBT, It doesn’t require you to actually disclose the nature of your trauma or talk in depth about your experiences. Instead, it uses bilateral stimulation to transfer unprocessed and raw traumatic memories to a more “logical” part of the brain. This reduces the heightened emotions that often come when thinking of a traumatic experience.
You can take PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) test, this PTSD test help you determine that you have the symptoms of PTSD or not and whether you should seek a diagnosis or treatment for PTSD from a well-qualified doctor or take mental therapy from a psychiatrist