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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-TraumaticStress Disorder

Post-TraumaticStress Disorder

Post-traumaticstress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder brought about by stressfulevents. It usually manifests itself through nightmares and flashback.A person with PTSD is often haunted by the traumatic event, and oftenexperience feeling of isolation and guilt. PTSD symptoms usuallystart to manifest themselves within three months of the traumaticevent, but in some cases, the symptoms manifest themselves afterthree years. The recovery period of people with PTSD usually variesfrom a few months to years. This paper will address the variouschallenges faced by people suffering from this disorder as well asthe symptoms and treatment used to treat PTSD.

Whythe disorder of interest?

Post-traumaticstress disorder is a condition that develops in a person who has hada rather scary and frightening experience (“Post-Traumatic StressDisorder, n.d”). It is imperative to understand the disorderbecause, at any given time, fifty to ninety percent of people getexposure to traumatizing events such as among others naturaldisasters or deaths of a friend or family member (“The importanceof awareness, n.d”). It is also significant to have a detailedunderstanding because it results in neurochemical changes thateventually have biological impacts upon the human body.

Howthe disorder affects someone on a daily basis?

Thedisease makes a person become shocked and alarmed rather quickly inotherwise normal circumstances. Such a person would also be nervousin situations that he or she would not have been. The condition makessuch people have problems dealing and relating with other people, beit friends, relatives or workmates. Such a person is also highlylikely to experience physical problems such as diabetes, obesity,heart and respiratory complications, among others. A person sufferingfrom the disorder would more often than not be angry on otherwisenormal circumstances. Pseudo-hallucinations are additional effects ofthe disease, and these individuals also have eating disorders andparanoia. The disease can also make characters suffer fromagoraphobia.

Thelabels and stigma associated with this disorder

Personssuffering from the disorder are often mistakenly considered to be inthe wrong, due to their solitude behavior. The condition also rendersthem socially unfriendly. The shape also makes these individualsemotionally numb. Eventually, the disorder makes a person to lackaffection, and the power to bond or maintain relationships.Nightmares together with self-harm are additional labels associatedwith the condition.


Post-traumaticstress disorder is estimated to affect 1 in every three people whohave faced a traumatic event. Approximately 7.7 million Americanpeople aged 18 and above have PTSD. Women are more likely to sufferfrom this condition than men. PTSD patient recover but with differenttime length varying from months to years.


Thecritical of awareness of PTSD trauma in a health care settings.(n.d.). Retrieved November 26, 2016, fromhttp://www.ptsdsupport.net/ptsd_and_healthcare.html

Post-TraumaticStress Disorder. (n.d.). Retrieved November 26, 2016, fromhttps://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml