Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Symptoms & Treatment Options
There is no question that, to some extent, a human being is the product of his or her life experiences. Early life experiences are particularly formative, but even events that occur later in life can impact how we think, feel, and behave. When an individual endures or witnesses a traumatic event, PTSD may result. For PTSD to occur, the traumatic event must be severe – typically involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.
Symptoms of PTSD
Individuals with PTSD often reexperience the traumatic event through nightmares or flashbacks. They might have dissociative episodes, during which they feel detached from reality. People with PTSD will go to great lengths to avoid things that remind them of their trauma. It is common for a person with PTSD to have an exaggerated startle response. Mood disturbances are also part of the disorder.