When you think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, you probably think of our brave men and women returning from a battlefield (or warzone). But did you know that the #1 cause of PTSD is motor vehicle collisions (or crashes)?
PTSD sometimes develops in response to experiencing or witnessing a shocking, threatening or dangerous event. These traumatic events can also be life-threatening. This is where PTSD gets difficult because it’s personal. It all depends on how the event is perceived and the individual reacts to it.
Re-living the Trauma through Memories, Nightmares or Vivid Flashbacks
Anxiety and Irritability
Changes in Mood
Trouble Falling or Staying Asleep
Self Destructive Disorders
Agitation & Hostility
Avoidance of Feelings, Thoughts, or Places that Remind the Individual of the Event
To be diagnosed with PTSD, symptoms need to persist for over one month after the event. But It can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are sometimes normalized or even trivialized. And because it’s an injury you can’t see, you might not realize what you are experiencing is an unhealthy response to the trauma.
PTSD can be devastating. It can affect your ability to drive, take the bus, return to work or even leave your house. It’s important to pay attention to your symptoms following a trauma and seek professional help as soon as possible. Early intervention and treatment supports a healthy recovery and can prevent the devastating effects of PTSD.
I'm experiencing some of these symptoms, now what?
SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY!
Being properly evaluated & assessed is the first step. If mental health therapy sessions are warranted choose an evidence-based treatment program with a licensed therapist.
EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY
Usually, when someone’s been involved in a traumatic event people will look at their physical injuries only. Often, psychological injuries like anxiety and PTSD are overlooked. All too often it’s MONTHS later when a person is not returning to their daily activities that people start paying attention to someone’s emotional well-being, post-trauma.
The big problem with this?
The longer you wait, the more difficult and longer the recovery period is for PTSD. So, if you think you’re suffering from PTSD, and don’t know where to turn, we can assist you in approaching the road to recovery by getting you the help you deserve and need.