Monday, June 08, 2020

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. PTSD can also occur for new moms.

PTSD can result from a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a  treatable mental health disorder. 

Here are some of the hallmark symptoms:
  • Intrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.
  • Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb or sad, having low self-esteem, and feeling hopeless about the future.
  • Changes in emotional reactions: Irritable, angry outbursts, feeling guilty or ashamed, and/or being easily frightened.
  • Substance Use: Reliance on substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope with PTSD symptoms.

Facts About PTSD
  • An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
  • Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent. 
  • Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs in about 9% of new mothers.
  • Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience,  60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
  • An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives. 
  • Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
  • PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.

Link here for PTSD tools and resources

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