Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very real disorder that can affect a person’s daily life after they’ve experienced a traumatic event. The symptoms of PTSD can impact a person out of nowhere, and it can be a very upsetting experience. Some people who experience PTSD years after an event feel as though they are back in that initial traumatic, painful moment. Others feel fleeting memories and emotions associated with the traumatic event – heart racing, sweaty palms, racing thoughts, confusion, delusion, and more.
A traumatic event can reduce some quality of life for a person. For example, a 2014 publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that initial reactions to trauma include a foreshortened future; one that involves loss of hope regarding the future, limited expectations about life, fear that life will end soon, anxiety that normal life events will not occur, and more. These initial fears may take years to overcome, especially if a person has not gone through adequate treatment to process the event and move forward.
However, even if a person has been able to move past the event, triggers may still occur in the future. These triggers may involve sights, sounds, tastes, smells, thoughts, or textures. Certain people, situations, environments, phrases, and more could bring on an episode of PTSD, even if the person thought they were “well-past” the event. When a traumatic event occurs, the body responds with a “fight or flight” response, and with a person’s senses going in overload because of the event, the body pauses some of it’s normal functions to better handle the threat. Due to this, the brain doesn’t process the trauma right away, and a person is more likely to feel hypertension and other symptoms of PTSD if something triggers them, even if they are no longer in a threatening situation.
If you’ve been struggling to live a normal live because of a traumatic event, seek the help you need immediately. PTSD can be treated, and there have been many cases in which someone with PTSD was able to move forward with their life and was no longer controlled by their past. Recovery is possible. Take that step and seek help today.
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