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Coping with PTSD Symptoms and Treatment
The macabre incident of the recent Orlando shootout is definitely going to scare the collective psyche of
the people for a long time to come. While some manage to cope with a little bit of unease, there are
others who are deeply moved by such incidents and may need help to come out of them. There were 320
people inside the Pulse nightclub, of which 49 lost their lives and another 53 were seriously injured. But
the fate of the 200-odd survivors could not be ascertained right away or deemed as lucky.
Certainly, a handful of them would go on to experience a mental condition known as post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). Most of the survivors might also encounter a fresh set of challenges, and PTSD is one of
them. They would often be overpowered by guilt and anger and a reminiscence of the incident would
send shivers down the spine.
show that 10-36
percent survivors of
tend to suffer from
PTSD. And how
they react to a
like the recent
depends on a
myriad of factors,
It is not only shootouts of this magnitude which can cause PTSD, but also a host of other negative incidents
can trigger the onset of PTSD. They could be:
car or plane crashes
sudden death of a loved one
sexual or physical abuse
Identifying symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms may occur within hours or days after an incident and vary from person to person. At
times, it may take years after an incident to develop symptoms. Primarily, there are three types of
symptoms of PTSD.
1. Reliving the traumatic event: Under such circumstances, a person tends to experience upsetting
memories, nightmares, flashbacks and feelings of distress or intense physical discomfort like sweating,
pounding heart and nausea, especially when reminded of the incident.
2. Avoiding situations that remind the trauma: A person afflicted with PTSD may tend to avoid situations,
activities, places or thoughts that remind him or her of the trauma. They may feel detached from others,
become emotionally numb and lose interest in activities and life, in general. They become so distraught
that all they can envisage is a bleak future for themselves.
3. Increased anxiety and emotional upheaval: Sufferers have trouble sleeping, get irritable, experience
angst, have difficulty in concentrating, feel on the edge, and, at times, become hypervigilant.
There are also certain other feelings that accompany PTSD, which include guilt, shame, mistrust and
betrayal, depression or hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, etc. Substance abuse is also a fallout of PTSD
in an individual.
Early intervention is key to recovery
Apart from taking professional help from therapists, one can also opt for self-help techniques. Family
members, friends and relatives can also help them in fighting the symptoms.
As a self-help measure, the foremost step one should initiate is to get moving. Meditation techniques,
exercises and yoga can greatly contribute towards addressing symptoms of PTSD. Connecting with others
on a regular basis would increase the chance of a faster recovery. Social support and encouragement are
necessary for such patients.
Whether it is PTSD or any other anxiety disorder, early intervention is of utmost importance. If a loved
one is suffering from any anxiety disorder problem and you are looking for anxiety clinics in California,
call the Anxiety Treatment Centers of California’s 24/7 helpline number 855-972-9459 for a prompt
response. Our members can guide you to the best anxiety treatment centers in California. They can offer
you the most valuable information regarding anxiety disorders treatment in California.
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