What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
A Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a psychological disorder that develops after an individual experience a scary or dangerous event.
Most of us may have had shocking experiences in our lives.
But we managed to let go as the time goes by.
However, some people behave differently.
Instead of forgetting negative events, they tend to develop a prolonged feeling of fear.
And that fear triggers a “fight-or-flight response” a natural biological reaction of the body to a dangerous situation.
Normally, after a traumatic event, this physiological reaction will fade and the body will go back to its normal functioning.
However, some people who experience stressful event continue to feel anxiety and fear.
They are usually diagnosed with PTSD.
Some common signs of post-traumatic stress disorder are the following:
“Being easily startled”
“Having difficulty in getting some sleep”
“Having angry outburst”
If you experience these symptoms, you might be suffering from PTSD.
War veterans are more like to develop post-traumatic stress disorder due to the nature of their job.
Post-traumatic stress disorder explained visually
The infographic below shows the nature of PTSD in detail.
Take a look and learn.
Infographic source: http://visual.ly
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