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PTSD can develop after a traumatic event that threatens one’s security making you feel helpless. Often PTSD is associated with war-scarred veterans. Military combat is the most common contributor among men and women exposed to violent acts. However, any overwhelming life experience can contribute or trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.

PTSD may develop in the first line responders, those who serve as emergency workers; to include but not limited to, emergency room workers, police workers, as well as firefighters. PTSD most commonly develop in hours or days following the traumatic event; it can develop differently from person to person; PTSD may take weeks, months, or years before it appears.


Why Should One Seek Help for PTSD?

Getting a head start is always better than waiting. Symptoms of PTSD may get worse; by addressing the issues, it may prolong or stop it from escalating in the future. It is also essential to know what questions to ask; this could lead to better outcomes.

Family lives can change as results of PTSD symptoms. PTSD symptoms can affect one’s relationship. Often family members feel helpless; they don’t know what to do. One may find you pulling away from loved ones. Sometimes there may be bouts of anger, frustration and even violent acts. Getting help for PTSD is the key it can help improve family relationships.

PTSD could relate to other health problems. PTSD symptoms could lead to other physical health problems. For example, studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart problems. Also, some individuals with PTSD symptoms have turn to alcohol and other drugs to relieve the symptoms. By seeking help for PTSD, this could cut down on the risks of other problems created.

PTSD disrupts family lives. It is equally necessary for the family members seek support and help that’s needed in order to have a better understanding in supporting the person suffering from PTSD. There are various forms of treatment. The one that have provided positive results have been a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), medication for secondary depression and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

If you’re a veteran or anyone suffering from PTSD or trauma, there are organizations that can help you and your family with counseling and other services. Don’t settle for suffering and emotional pain, get the assistance you need and deserve.


Until next time, be true to yourself and others.

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