Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD can happen to anyone at any age.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, and sometimes referred to as Post traumatic syndrome disorder) is a debilitating condition that follows a terrifying event.

For most people, PTSD starts within about three months of the event.

For others, the signs of PTSD don’t show up until years later.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Often, people with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb. Especially with people to whom they were once close.

War veterans first brought PTSD, once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, to the public’s attention. However, it can result from any number of traumatic incidents. These include kidnapping, serious accidents such as car or train wrecks, natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, violent attacks such as a mugging, rape, torture, or being held captive.

The event that triggers it may be something that threatened the person’s life or the life of someone close to her or him. Or it could be something witnessed, such as mass destruction after a plane crash or a terrorist incident.

Whatever the source of the problem, some people with PTSD repeatedly relive the trauma in the form of nightmares and disturbing recollections during the day.

They may also experience sleep problems, depression, feeling detached or numb, or being easily startled. They may lose interest in things they used to enjoy and have trouble feeling affectionate. They may feel irritable, more aggressive than before, or even violent.

Seeing things that remind them of the incident may be very distressing, which could lead them to avoid certain places or situations that bring back those memories. Anniversaries of the event are often very difficult.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Does Not Discriminate

PTSD can occur at any age, including childhood. The disorder can be accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or anxiety. Symptoms may be mild or severe — people may become easily irritated or have violent outbursts.

n severe cases, they may have trouble working or socializing. In general, the symptoms seem to be worse if the event that triggered them was initiated by a person — such as a rape, as opposed to a flood.

Ordinary events can serve as reminders of the trauma and trigger flashbacks or intrusive images. A flashback may make the person lose touch with reality and reenact the event. They may do this for a period of seconds or hours, or very rarely, days.

A person having a flashback, which can come in the form of images, sounds, smells, or feelings, usually believes that the traumatic event is happening all over again.

There are many things you can do to cope stress and / or just stay healthy:

Warwick Jones, teacher of Vedic Meditation

… the combination of Vedic Meditation, for twenty minutes twice a day, with a good diet – especially a low fat, low salt diet – and physical exercise, should see a dramatic change in your ability to cope with stress and overall health.

Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.

If you are in Auckland (NZ) call me, Warwick Jones, on 021 532 768. Or email to find our how Vedic Meditation could help you achieve better health.

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