by Stephanie | 11:21 pm

Some people often think that living with PTSD is not something to be too concerned about. Others think that only veterans are the ones that are living with PTSD.

So, is that true?

PTSD, also known as a post-traumatic stress disorder, is in no way something that is easy to manage. There are so many things that can cause PTSD and those can be:

• Abuse

• Accidents

• Sexual Assaults

• Violence

• Trauma in general

As you can see, this illness can affect anybody that goes through a traumatic and horrifying experience.

Statistics

living with ptsd statisticsOther statistics show that children don’t start experiencing the signs until in their early adulthood, since their brains have not yet developed completely.

Adolescents experience PTSD more commonly in their later teen years. The estimated percentage within this illness for teens, aged 13–14 is 3.7%, that number escalated to a much higher range of 7% in the 17–18 population.

The PTSD symptoms are more common in women than in men. Even though men may experience a high percentage of traumatic events, women are more likely to develop the symptoms due to the lack of human decency, sexism, assault, domestic violence, among other things that society has been pushing aside.

Symptoms

People who suffer from PTSD are likely to have perturbing flashbacks and very disturbing thoughts. All of this due to the association of the traumatic experiences they suffered.

Dissociative symptoms of PTSD may include the individual excluding themselves from situations, and from people that may remind them of what they went through, or things that might just trigger their mind.

Triggers can come from:

• A smell

• A certain location

• Music

• Movies

• Words

• Actions

Among other things. Everyone experiences different types of triggers. It’s not the same thing for everyone who is currently living with PTSD.

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In fact, these triggers may not even be triggers at the beginning. For example, let’s say that a certain song reminds me of a traumatic experience, and when it comes on the radio I feel okay. There may also be times when the song comes on, and it triggers my brain in such a way that it even causes my muscles to ache.

You may start showing signs of PTSD after days, weeks, months or even years after the traumatic event happened.

Sometimes it’s impossible to control the thoughts, or manage to keep on going without feeling like we’re out of air, feeling our chest tightening, feeling like the same event will somehow happen again, which may end up in you developing a fear of your surroundings due to that. It can also make you feel like you might die.

Suicidal thoughts are really common within all the symptoms. If you’re having those thoughts, or feel like you can’t deal with the situation anymo
re, please call your respective helpline and/or reach out to someone.

A Daily Battle

ptsd triggersLiving with PTSD feels like a constant reminder of what happened to you, a daily time-bomb that can explode at any given minute without you even being aware of it.

Just like any other mental illness, there’s no magic cure, nor a way to make those thoughts and feelings go away.

Of course, you can have alternative resources to ease the feeling, but even then, sometimes it just doesn’t work.

I never knew I was experiencing PTSD until some years ago. While I was on my way home from college for the weekend, the driver who was taking me took a different direction than the one that we were used to. During the ride back home I stumbled across an old street…I didn’t remember it until I saw a tree. I froze in my seat and my mind started going places I didn’t even know were in my subconscious.

It was an awful weekend, to say the least. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t think of anything aside from that event. It was hard to even communicate with me since I was so out of my present surroundings.

I don’t remember what happened in the next couple of days. I blacked out all of that.

To this day, I still have flashbacks. I’m still scared. I still have nightmares involving some of the people that caused my trauma and even the surroundings where things happened. I have those nightmares almost 6 times a month and they usually trigger my anxiety levels so much that I have to sometimes double my prescribed medication intake.

It’s Not Easy

As described in this post, living with PTSD is a lifelong baggage that people who suffer from it have to carry every day. Just like depression and anxiety, it’s not something one can control, much less throw out of their brains.

We all have inside battles that are unresolved. Even if you don’t realize it, there’s something deep inside you that still annoys or irritates you. That doesn’t mean that it was a traumatic experience, or that you may develop PTSD. What I’m trying to say is that we should all try to understand if a person tells you they’re dealing with their mental health. Don’t throw them off. Don’t say “oh just forget about it and move on” it doesn’t work that way. Please be careful with the things you do, or the things you say; it’s not hard at all.

Did you know what PTSD was and what this illness involved? Are you living with it? Please leave a comment down below. I would love to hear from you.

Comments

Phil Salisbury

Excellent article, it really helped me to understand what PTSD is all about, we had a traumatic experience in our family in 1999, our ten yr old son died, he had five other siblings.. thanks for the insight, God bless you my dear

Nov 26.2019 | 01:13 am

    Stephanie

    Im so sorrybthat you had to go through that. Losing a loved one is never easy. You have their reminder everyday. I really hope you’re managing and your family as well.

    Nov 26.2019 | 03:32 am

Mahasin1

It was interesting to know that 8 million people can experience PTSD in a year. I really only thought that it came from just violent events but now I see that it can come from anything that can leave an negative after effect on a person’s life. Moving forward I will be more conscious and aware of the traumas people have endured but don’t speak of.

Nov 26.2019 | 03:47 am

lydia tenebro

Living with PTSD as you say it is not easy but I believe with mental illness it is our hearts and emotion that
controls it. To get out of those illness it is better to be happy and forget of our past. Just think of what is today and live the life as it is. Thanks him every day for giving you another day.

Nov 26.2019 | 03:58 am

les

My father in law had ptsd after an auto accident where his wife was killed.  He would wake up in the middle of the night screaming for everybody to get out  because the room was on fire.  He had this same episode for weeks.  The unusual thing is the wreck was nothing like the nightmares-no fire no rush to get out of the car.  His son, being an Army chaplain recognized the ptsd symptoms and urged his father to talk to a chaplain that specialized in ptsd treatment.

He eventually talked to the chaplain and within a few weeks his nightmares ended. Funny thing, my father in law is himself a pastor and has counseled thousands of people over many decades but this time he was the one that needed help.  

Don’t think you can tough it out, get help.

Nov 26.2019 | 04:13 am

    Stephanie

    I am so glad he got the help he needed and that he’s doing better today. PTSD can be life threatening in some cases. 

    Nov 26.2019 | 02:34 pm

Linda Baxter

I have had trauma a couple times that I suffered from PTSD type symptoms for a while, but nothing like what has been
described here. I have heard about some nutritionals that help with the repair of neurons in the brain from brain injuries. They have been especially helpful with suicide prone individuals. Have you heard of this?

Dec 05.2019 | 07:15 pm

    Stephanie

    I have honestly never heard of that before. I may have to do some research on that. I’m actually not aware of any medication that helps with PTSD.

    Dec 06.2019 | 02:41 am

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