Post traumatic stress syndrome or post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a type of mental illness brought on by extreme anxiety following a severe psychological disturbance, usually a traumatic event or series of events. It stems from the connection of the memory of the event(s) to strong emotions experienced during the event(s), such as extreme fear. When a person can’t separate the emotions from the memory, they are forced to relive the experience multiple times, oftentimes during nightmares. PTSD can be mild or it can be severe. In extreme cases, it can render the victim unable to function in day to day life.
It can result from many destructive events, including:
Traumatic events that may cause PTSD symptoms to develop include violent assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, torture, being a hostage, prisoner of war or concentration camp victim, experiencing a disaster, violent automobile accidents or getting a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.
PTSD is different from exposure to an acute stressor. It happens far less often and is usually much more intense and long lasting.
This type of illness persists because the victim relives the situation on a repeated basis. Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma(s) through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased arousal – such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hypervigilance.
Children or adults may develop PTSD symptoms by experiencing bullying or mobbing."
An excellent treatment for PTSD is EFT of Emotional Freedom Technique. This stress management tool can go along way to helping the sufferer separate the emotions surrounding a trauma fro the memory of the trauma. By using this technique, which is based on acupuncture and acupressure, a person can learn to remove the fear from the incident or series of incidents so that the intensity lessens over time. In doing so, the victim can learn to live a normal life again.
Another excellent treatment for PTSD is Horticultural Therapy.With this therapy, the PTSD sufferer can begin to regain some peace from interacting with nature. Other useful therapies include art therapy, dance or movement therapy, music or sound therapy, to name a few.
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