Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that is developed as a result of experiencing a traumatic event or series of traumatic events. People who live with PTSD experience effects of trauma on a long-term basis that affect everyday life. However, treatment is available and successful in alleviating the severity and frequency of PTSD symptoms. But, first, identifying the effects of PTSD in one’s own life can help individuals come to accept that they may need help and start to search for the assistance they need from mental health specialists.
Undoubtedly, recognizing the effects of PTSD means being able to identify PTSD symptoms. Symptoms of PTSD that last for an extensive period of time, like a few years, can be indicative of a PTSD diagnosis. So, being able to identify PTSD symptoms is important to determine if a person needs help to manage PTSD. Some of the common symptoms of PTSD can include:
PTSD is a progressive disorder, which means symptoms can get worse over time. For many people living with PTSD, symptoms can get worse during times of increased stress and anxiety. And, when triggers of traumatic events are experienced, like running into people, places, or things that can force a person to relive a traumatic memory. So, if you feel that symptoms of trauma are getting worse or get worse when you experience specific triggers, this can indicate that you may have developed PTSD.
People who are living with PTSD have a risk of committing suicide. So, it’s imperative that people living with PTSD can identify when they are living with symptoms of PTSD that include suicidal thoughts and ideation. Medical and mental health help can assist individuals living with PTSD overcome suicidal thoughts, ideation, and plans of suicide. This way, these individuals can be safer and protect their lives. Some things you can do as a person living with the effects of trauma who has identified suicidal ideation or thoughts can include:
People living with the effects of PTSD don’t have to go about doing so alone. Plus, the effects of PTSD can get better with self-care learned through treatment initiatives such as therapy. Yellowbrick offers therapeutic tools and care on an outpatient basis for people living with the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. Find out more about our PTSD program on our website today.
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