We often think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in association with combat veterans. While the condition does impact a large percentage of our military, PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced trauma, whether physical or mental. Naturally, stress reactions following a traumatic event are expected, but if these stress reactions last longer than three months, cause great distress, or disrupt work/home life, it is time to seek help.
What Causes PTSD?
Although Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most commonly associated with military veterans and victims of sexual assault, PTSD can be triggered by any event that causes overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, such as:
- Natural disasters
- Vehicle crashes
- Terrorist attacks
- Sudden loss of a loved one
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Childhood neglect
What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
- Flashbacks (recurring memories or dreams) which can be caused by a sensory trigger
- Numbness or hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma
- Substance abuse
- Physical pain
- Guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
In children, signs of PTSD can also include:
- Fear of being separated from parent
- Loss of previous-acquired skills
- Compulsive acting out the trauma through play, stories, or drawing
- Manifestation of new phobias
- Unprovoked irritability and aggression
Seeking Treatment for PTSD in Baton Rouge
If you are contemplating suicide, please contact an emergency medical professional for help. If you or a loved one is exhibiting other symptoms of PTSD for a prolonged period of time, please consult a psychiatrist. The trained psychiatrists and therapists at Psychiatry Associates of Baton Rouge have the training and expertise to help you cope with your trauma. Call today and schedule a consultation.