Post Traumatic Stress Disorder also known as #PTSD

Id always felt abit scared to admit that this what i was going through, due to it being known as a ‘soldiers disease’ and thought id get a massive backlash for it. I dealt with this for years without it being identified as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Mine was caused by the traumatic effects of the awful domestic violence that occurred against my mom and myself in my household as a child.

I hope to spread more awareness of this through my work now because it is awful and not to be downplayed and the affects of this is far more long lasting than anything else I’ve experienced.

The type of events that can cause PTSD include:

  • serious road accidents
  • violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
  • prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
  • witnessing violent deaths
  • military combat
  • being held hostage
  • terrorist attacks
  • natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.

PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others don’t

Signs and symptoms

Someone with PTSD will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.

They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.

These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life and often do.