Most anyone can develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after a life-threatening event. It is estimated that about 7% to 8 % of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. It is important that we learn about how we can deal with PTSD or deal with a loved one who suffers from PTSD. We will go over some facts that may help you navigate through some situations better.
- Patients of PTSD may experience Re-Experiencing Symptoms. This may include nightmares or flashbacks. This may be even more true when there is a trigger. A trigger is a sound or a smell that may remind the patient of the life-threatening event they went through.
- PTSD patients may also avoid places, smells, sounds and other triggers so that they are not reminded of the event. The patient may avoid crowds, close quarters, concerts or even family events if they feel that it reminds them of the life-threatening event the patient went through. If a loved one has PTSD, try to learn those triggers to make sure they are not going through any mental anguish due to the triggers.
- PTSD patients may also pull back from social and community settings. They may start to believe in dark and negative belief systems and they may be very negative at times. It is important to listen and to allow the patient to vent so that the mental pain does not turn violent. Being someone that listens may be the best thing you can do for that person. If you are suffering from PTSD, find someone you can talk to and rely on to listen to your issues.
- PTSD patients go through hyperarousal. This includes a hard time sleeping, concentrating or even holding a conversation. At times loud noises like fireworks or construction site noises may be something that causes mental pain to someone with PTSD. Hyperarousal may also affect depression levels and bring on anxiety. It is important that loved ones know how to accommodate their loved ones and not have triggers that may cause mental pain.
- Finally, most people do not realize that there are mental illness programs that research PTSD and its causes. IMIC Medical Research Center is enrolling patients here in Palmetto Bay for a program on PTSD that bring about excellent results. We care about fighting mental illness and one of those ways is through the progress of medical programs in PTSD.
Contact us at 786-713-4733 to learn more about how you can deal with PTSD. We offer free PTSD evaluations at our office in Palmetto Bay to those who wish to participate in medical programs with us. Your life is ahead of you and there is nothing that you cannot conquer with the right help. Allow us to help you and bring happiness in your life!