PTSD stands for POst Traumatic Stress Disorder.People that have PTSD have a difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or tragic event.
Some tragic events that happen include the death of loved ones, car crashes,military-related occurrences almost anything can make this happen. Usually, babies and toddlers are hard to tell if they have PTSD because they have not learned how to speak yet, because of this they are unable to describe a traumatic event or a nightmare.But depending on the behavior of a child you can assume that they may have PTSD.PTSD often occurs after birth and from 4 and older this is because at the age of 4 children understand things and describe them.PTSD has many symptoms including….Reliving an event.
For example Nightmare, flashbacks or even something simple as a trigger.Avoiding situations that remind you of an event.An Example of this is, if you were shot at a concert you may get a trigger when you are near a large about of people.”You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger.
You might suddenly become angry or irritable. Social isolationMistrustAnxietySelf-destructive behaviorAnd much moreIf a sad or traumatic event happens and you feel upset or emotionally unstable for more than four weeks you could be diagnosed with PTSD.You can also be diagnosed with PTSD if you have these three problems/symptoms re-experiencing symptoms, avoidance and numbing symptoms(Triggers), and arousal symptoms (hard time sleeping).This was diagnosed in 1980 by American Psychiatric Association (APA) before this there were symptoms shown but did not have an official name for it.Many symptoms were shown during 1678-1972 before it officially got its name PTSD in the DSM-III.
It can be slowly treated at not an immediate cure.Many patients with PTSD they go to therapy this has three goals such as “Improve your symptoms, Teach you skills to deal with it, and lastly restore your self-esteem.There are different types of therapy such as…. Prolonged Exposure therapy -This is usually 8-15 90 min sessions.During this, you talk about what happened and this involves you facing negative things that trigger your PTSD.Cognitive Processing Therapy-This is a 12-week 60-90 process.During this time you talk about negative thoughts of the trauma and have to write short paragraphs about this trauma and what triggers it.and etcThere is also medication for this called anti-depression such as …Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Venlafaxine (Effexor).This does affect interaction with people because they could have a trigger at any moment.Examples of this is that if you get in a car crash you may be afraid of a certain road or a car.If you drowned you may never want to be near water again.Diets-Their is diets that help this such as eating more Complex carbohydrates, Foods high in protein, Omega-3, Vitamin D, B-12 and much more also blueberries also reduce anxiety and depression