Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is marked by increased anxiety and stress following a traumatic event. People who struggle with PTSD frequently relive the event in both their daily lives & dreams. Although it can be prevalent in all ages, it is most seen in young adults as they have been exposed to varying situations.
Despite what the event may be, a person with PTSD reacts with similar symptoms which include:
- Extreme fear
- Recurrent memories of the traumatic event
- Startled easily
- Negative mood associated with the event
- Anger outburst
- Frequently checking perimeters
- Avoids being reminded of the event
PTSD can derive from many things such as abuse, being a witness to an accident, military combat, being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, and even natural disasters. Those with PTSD are more susceptible to other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and substance abuse, but there are forms of treatment available. Patients with PTSD are encouraged to engage in individualized therapy as reexperiencing the trauma may be overwhelming. Psychiatric medications are also available to assist in co-occurring symptoms of depression, anxiety, and frequent nightmares.