When someone experiences a life threatening situation, it has a dramatic affect on them as a person. Experiences change us throughout life. Some for better, while others can be for worse. When someone goes through something life threatening, they could suffer from symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD. When you think you or a loved one may struggle with this, here are some things to know about PTSD:


Not all pain is physical – when an individual’s existing coping skills are overwhelmed by an experience, new (and maybe even harmful) ways of dealing with that experience are formed that may interfere with someone’s everyday life. Some may avoid anything that reminds them of the experience, numbing themselves to avoid memories or flashbacks, always being on edge to prevent the trauma from happening again.


At risk – some people are more at risk to develop PTSD than others. It can happen to anyone in so many different ways. However, there are places where people are more exposed to traumatic or life threatening events that put them at risk to develop the disorder. Other’s lifestyles may put them in at risk situations such as serving in an active military zone. 30% of returned veterans who don’t receive treatment of PTSD will turn to harmful coping methods to numb themselves and repress those experiences.


Ignoring it won’t help – this isn’t an “out of sight, out of mind” situation. If symptoms of PTSD are left untreated, it can actually worsen overtime rather than improving or fading away. Untreated PTSD can also lead to other psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.


It is treatable – there are trained medical professionals and therapies that specialize in treating PTSD. PTSD is a set of coping skills that were developed around a traumatic experience. So it’s possible to learn new coping skills that are healthier approaches for handling anxiety.


Unfortunately, traumatic events happen in our lives. As mentioned, some have increased risks than others, but regardless, it happens. But these traumatic events do not have to control our lives. Recognizing the symptoms and receiving treatment can help anyone gain control over their lives again.


If you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of PTSD, please contact Crownview Medical Group to get in touch with a medical professional who can provide advice and a individualized treatment plan.