Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD)
(Your not alone and this is REAL)
Definition:
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that's triggered by an extremely traumatic event. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
when a traumatic event happens to you or when you see a traumatic event happen to someone else.

Many people who are involved in traumatic events or witness them have a brief period of difficulty adjusting and coping. But with time and some healthy coping
methods, such traumatic reactions usually get better on their own. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes,
they may even completely disrupt your life. In these cases, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Post-traumatic stress disorder may affect survivors of such traumatic events as sexual or physical assault, war, torture, a natural disaster or an airplane crash.
Post-traumatic stress disorder also can affect rescue workers at the site of mass casualties or other tragedies. These kinds of events may cause intense fear,
helplessness or horror.

It's important to get treatment as soon as possible to help prevent PTSD from getting worse.

Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder typically begin within three months of a traumatic event. In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms
may not occur until years after the event.

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may include:

Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event for minutes or even days at a time
Shame or guilt
Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
Feeling emotionally numb
Irritability or anger
Poor relationships
Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much
Hopelessness about the future
Trouble sleeping
Memory problems
Trouble concentrating
Being easily startled or frightened
Not enjoying activities you once enjoyed
Hearing or seeing things that aren't there
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can come and go. You may have more symptoms during times of higher stress or when you experience symbolic reminders
of what you went through. For example, some people whose PTSD symptoms had been gone for years saw their symptoms come back again with the terrorist attacks
in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

When you have PTSD, you may relive the traumatic event numerous times. You may have upsetting memories. Or you may see reminders wherever you go. You may
hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences, for instance. Or you may see a report on the news about a rape, and feel again the horror and fear of your own
assault.

Causes:
Researchers are still trying to better understand what causes someone to get post-traumatic stress disorder. As with most mental illnesses, post-traumatic stress
disorder is probably caused by a complex mix of:

Biology and genetics
Your life experiences
Your temperament
Changes in the natural chemicals in your brain

Risk factors:
Although researchers don't know exactly what causes post-traumatic stress disorder, they do know some of the risk factors involved, or the things that make you
more likely to get PTSD.

People of all ages can have post-traumatic stress disorder. It's relatively common among adults, with about 7 percent to 8 percent of the population having PTSD at
some point in their lives. In any given year, about 5 million U.S. adults have PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder is especially common among those who have
served in combat, and it's sometimes called "shell shock," "battle fatigue" and "combat stress."

Kinds of traumatic events
People with PTSD most often experience one or more of these four types of traumatic events:

Seeing someone being killed or badly injured
Living through a fire, flood or natural disaster
Living through a life-threatening accident
Having been in combat
But many other traumatic events also can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, including rape, mugging, robbery, assault, civil conflict, car accident, plane crash,
torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, childhood physical abuse or neglect, sexual molestation, being threatened with a weapon, terrorist attacks,
and other extreme or life-threatening events.

Increasing your risk
Not everyone who experiences these kinds of traumatic events goes on to develop post-traumatic stress disorders. Some factors that may make you more likely to
get PTSD after a traumatic event include:

The traumatic event is especially severe or intense.
The traumatic event was long-lasting.
Having an existing mental health condition.
Lacking a good support system of family and friends.
Having family members with PTSD.
Having family members with depression.

When to seek medical advice:
It's normal to have a wide range of feelings and emotions after a traumatic event. The feelings you experience may include fear and anxiety, a lack of focus, sadness,
changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or bouts of crying that come easily. You may have recurrent nightmares or thoughts about the event. This doesn't mean you
have post-traumatic stress disorder.

But if you have these disturbing feelings for more than a month, if they're severe or if you feel you're having trouble getting your life back under control, consider
talking to your health care professional.

It's important to get treatment as soon as possible when symptoms begin because that can help prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse. If you don't get
treatment, PTSD symptoms may become disabling. You may be wracked by guilt about surviving when others didn't. Or you may feel guilty because you think you
could have done something more to help. Your relationships may suffer, and you may have conflicts that result in a breakup. You may not be able to do your job as
well as you normally can.

In some cases, symptoms may be so severe that you need emergency help, especially if you're thinking about harming yourself or someone else. If possible, call 911
or other emergency services, or ask a supportive family member or friend for help.

THERE ARE MANY VALUABLE RESOURCES OUT THERE FOR PTSD AND MANY DOCTORS AND CLINICS THAT DO TESTING, IF YOU OR A LOVED
ONE THINK YOU SUFFER FROM THIS DISORDER IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO SEEK HELP AND COUNSELING.  IT CAN IN SOME CASES MEAN
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
LIFE AND DEATH!  I KNOW I HAVE IT AS WELL AS MANY OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS.  PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR
RIGHT NOW AND READ AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN AND BECOME EDUCATED ON THIS DISORDER.  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
      A LIFE LIVED AND A LIFE JUST "EXISTING" IS EDUCATING YOURSELF, THEN SEEKING COUNSELING, THEN USING THE TOOLS YOU'VE
                           BEEN GIVEN.......LIFE IS A LONG TERM COMMITMENT, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO LIVE IT OR EXIST IN IT...YOU CHOOSE!



This information was compiled by a number of websites information and my own research as well as my own EXPERIENCES...these are my words/synopsis'.
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