by Stephanie | 2:14 am

Things That Cause PTSD

Let’s start this off by defining what PTSD stands for:

”Post-traumatic stress disorder (also known as PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.” (source)

With that in mind, I would like to discuss some of the causes of PTSD and the aftermaths it can have on anyone who goes through a traumatic event.

Overview

Have you ever experienced something so erratic, terrifying, and horrific that left you scarred for life? Whether it’s physical scars or emotional scars, trauma doesn’t decide which one it will throw your way.Trauma can be categorized as that feeling when you were eight years old, and you were patiently waiting for Santa Claus, but after staying up all night, you found out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist and that we’re only living in a simulation that leads us to believe the unreal. That’s how trauma feels like, and how PTSD can haunt those feelings.

Living with ptsdThe American Psychological Association defines trauma as any event where there’s a serious threat to someone’s life. If we think about it that way, we might end up categorizing everything as traumatic when it certainly doesn’t work that way. Let’s dig in a little deeper on what can trigger your PTSD.

What Causes PTSD?

A. Sexual Assault – This has been categorized as one of the main factors for developing PTSD. Survivors of these types of trauma are often scared to come forward because they may think that their story is not “as bad” as other people’s, or because they believe that no one is going to believe them, so why try?

Time has been changing, and we’re currently seeing some process regarding all the laws that apply to predators. We have also witnessed excellent foundations such as the Joyful Heart Foundation – which has been close to my heart for the last five years – they work towards helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse; they have also been working hard to end the rape kit backlog. The founder of this organization, Mariska Hargitay, has been playing a TV character that has been some sort of comfort zone for so many of us. She has also managed her way into directing and producing, both on her show and off. Most recently, her film I Am Evidence has won an Emmy for Best Documentary, and it has helped many survivors feel like they matter, like their stories matter because they are seen, and they are being heard. The documentary revolves around the lack of testing rape kits and the backlog behind it all. It features real survivors and how the rape kit backlog has affected them in ways that you could never imagine – that including PTSD as one of the aftermaths. You can watch the film right here. Highly recommend not just for survivors out there but for everyone to have a clearer view of the trauma these survivors have to go through – over and over again. It will open your eyes to a world that you may have no idea existed, and the fact that this is a constant daily battle for survivors who are seeking justice but the criminal justice system often looks the other way when it comes to sexual assault claims. Education and understanding, that’s all it takes. It’s a heartfelt film with a strong message.

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B. Natural Disasters – The way a natural disaster can make us feel hopeless, desperate, frustrated and terrified, indeed shows the impact these phenomenons can have. We’re all surrounded by “what if’s” from Mother Nature. We don’t know if an earthquake will strike us, a tornado, tsunami, hurricane (even though these can be targeted before they hit, still, it doesn’t make it any less traumatic). Going through such an anxiety inducing experience can surely make anyone experiences PTSD at some point; whether it is from new disasters or the simple thought of what happened and how that event made us feel. It can develop when you have the feeling of not being able to control what happens while having constant anxiety.

C. Physical and Emotional Abuse – Children who grow up in abusive environments whether it is because of a parent, caregiver, friend, teacher, neighbor, or whoever the child spends time with. They may be going through abuse, even if they don’t know it themselves that what is happening to them is not okay when it comes to dealing with those repressed feelings. Once the child is having a better understanding of what’s happening, that may cause a lifelong traumatic feeling for the developing child. Whether it comes to trust issues, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, guilt, fear, panic attacks, nightmares, etc., it is a constant struggle that the adult figure in that child’s life has engraved in their minds.

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Seek Help

There are so many more things that are capable of causing us PTSD, but for the sake of this article, I wanted to share with you the top 3 things that causes PTSD. Fighting a mental illness is never easy; much less if you’re doing it in silence. A lot of the times we’re scared to reach out to the people we trust, or to anyone in general when it comes to seeking help. I understand I have been there plenty of times. It is a process that doesn’t just happen overnight. You need time with yourself to conclude that you need help – and even if you can’t admit it, taking that step of reaching out and asking for help, it’s a significant step towards recovery.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, either. It can take days, weeks, months, or even years to finally make peace with what hurt you. Don’t give up on yourself just because you’re not exactly where you want to be. Everyone else’s path is different, don’t judge yourself for not fitting in with what society has labelled as what can cause you trauma. You and only you can determinate that.

I know times are hard, but it is crucial to keep our mental health in check, and with the chaos that the world has come to, I know it can be challenging seeking professional help. Because of that, I would like you to check out Online Therapy, just like traditional therapy, you can have real-time conversations and get the help you need from professionals. Take care of yourself and never forget to keep your mental health on the lookout for any alterations towards the way you feel and how you feel.

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Comments

Sj

This goes to show that PTSD does not only happen to our vets, but anyone who has had trauma in their life. Thank you for sharing things that cause PTSD and where one can get help when someone is ready to confront it. It is very difficult to open up and express it. However, the care and understanding that you put into this article is appreciated. Thank you.

Aug 31.2020 | 03:49 am

    Stephanie

    It’s a hard topic that needs to be talked about more often. PTSD can happen to anyone not just vets, though, they are also at a high risk of developing PTSD as well. 

    Sep 01.2020 | 05:48 am

winechief

The rules set forth by the VA/DoD and the APA in 2017 are suggestions for suppliers who treat people with PTSD and both unequivocally suggest PE, CPT, and injury centered CBT. Every one of these medicines has a huge proof base indicating their adequacy. These medicines are all injury centered, which implies they legitimately address recollections of the horrible mishap or contemplations and emotions identified with the horrendous accident. Medicines with the most grounded proof ought to be the principal line of treatment for PTSD at whatever point conceivable, with thought of patient inclinations and qualities and clinician mastery.

Aug 31.2020 | 03:54 am

    Stephanie

    I have been on several prescribed medicines for severe depression, anxiety, insomnia and PTSD. Have been changing and having them for the last couple of years and if I’m being honest, most of them don’t help. At least that’s in my case. I still get triggered by things that I didn’t even knew was possible. Understanding, kindness, thoughtfulness and someone who can say “I hear you and I believe you” not just make you feel like your PTSD doesn’t matter. It’s a really complex topic.

    Sep 01.2020 | 05:53 am

Gladeno

After reading your article and your source on the definition of PTSD, I think I can safely say I’m not experiencing PTSD. At least I don’t believe I am. Perhaps I could fit into C., emotionally speaking. I’ll admit that some things in my childhood has negatively affected me even to this day, however I am trying to work through my issues. Really thinking about why I act the way I do and thinking about how to overcome these issues I have.

Aug 31.2020 | 03:59 am

    Stephanie

    I am sorry that you had to go through some rough things during your childhood, but the fact that you’re working on yourself to better yourself, not for anyone but just for your own desire is really admirable & yes, cptsd is also mostly diagnosed with children but it can affect anyone in that matter. 

    Sep 01.2020 | 05:56 am

Martin

Thanks for this wonderful explanation of what is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and what causes it. It’s time we took mental illness very seriously because it is affecting more people than we can imagine. The problem is you never know just how much a particular situation has affected you until later in life when maybe you have a problem trusting, or when you have low self-esteem among other things.

Aug 31.2020 | 04:42 am

    Stephanie

    PTSD comes from so many different places and it’s triggers are non-stoppable. When you’re experiencing an episode you’ll surely know. It’s not like a panic attack where you feel you might die, but at the same time is a really horrifying sensation that can surely make you feel overwhelmed and drained. 

    Sep 01.2020 | 06:00 am

Tsigemariam G

I love this article. It really gives a highlight as to why different people experience PTSD. It happens every day to many people across the world, however few people talk about it. 

Given the current pandemic, the life situation for many people won’t be the same. The Pandemic have impacted millions in many traumatic ways. I love to read articles like yours that helps people have more awareness for their mental health.

Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

Peace.

TG. 

Aug 31.2020 | 04:58 am

    Stephanie

    Issues like this one surely need to be talked about more. Most people experience PTSD without even knowing it and as you said, this pandemic has severely changed everyone’s lives, which means that unemployment, not having enough money to pay bills, domestic violence, child abuse, etc. are more likely to be happening hundreds of times a day. No one is talking about that and how serious this matter is.

    Sep 01.2020 | 06:04 am

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