Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop following a traumatic event that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. Most people associate PTSD with battle-scarred soldiers – and military combat is the most common cause in men – but any overwhelming life experience can trigger PTSD, especially if the event is perceived as unpredictable and uncontrollable.
PTSD can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.
Traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include:
- Natural disasters
- A car or plane crash
- Violent assault
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Medical procedures (especially in kids)
The fear of encoutering another harrowing experience makes them constantly vigilant & alert. As a result, they tend to be over-cautious & will overreact at the slightest hint of any mishaps, even the minor ones. This heightened & continuous state of alertness will eventually take its tolls. Consequently, symptoms such as anxiety, aches & pains, insomnia, anger & depression will emerge. Soon, some of them may resort to substance abuse such as alcohol & drigs just to try to block out the painful memory. Or they'd prefer to alleviate it by starting consuming variety of anti-depressive medications. But the physical therapy like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy could deal directly with the PTSD symptoms as it encourages them to talk about the painful event & help them to deal with their intrusive thoughts & feelings.