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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is a resultant of harsh experience of some traumatic event such as a natural calamity, a serious mishap, a fanatic act, war/battle, or rape or who have been seriously been threatened with death, sexual violence or grave injury.

It came in lime-light post world war 1 when it was known as “shell shock” and during World War 2 where it was known as “combat fatigue”

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People suffering from PTSD have extreme distressing feelings and belief associated to their experience that expired long back. They may experience it again in the form of flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel gloomy, fearful or angered; and they may feel disconnected or separated from other people. People with PTSD may stay away from circumstances or surroundings that recall them of the disturbing event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as common as a loud noise or an unintentional touch.

Symptoms of PTSD
1.Re-experiencing the disturbing events in the form of dreams, nightmares, flashbacks etc.
2.Avoidance of similar situations
3.Lacks responsiveness
4.Elevated levels of anxiety, guilt and panic
5.Palpitation and headaches
6.Feeing detached from world
7.Loss of memories
8.Unable trust anybody
9.Disturbed sleeping patterns
10.Over Alertness
11.Difficulty in concentrating or focusing

PTSD symptoms may manifest immediately following the repeat of traumatic event.

In Children and adolescents signs and symptoms may differ from the above mentioned symptoms.

1.Onset of bedwetting
3.Shyness from conversing with others
4.Over dependence on parents or guardians
5.Attention seeking
6.Trouble making behaviour

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