Living With PTSD – It’s Not What You Think It Is

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 coup