Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 2016

If you are on this page than someone you loves may have signs of PTSD.  The first step to helping someone with an issue, is to understand what it is.  Below you will find some of the latest information about the PTSD from respectable organizations.

 

What is PTSD?

“PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.”

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. National Institute of Mental Health

 

Body and Mind Connection

The following article talks about the possibility of their being a link between the makeup of a person and their risk of PTSD.

PTSD increases risk for metabolic syndrome, reduced cortical thickness

“Our finding that PTSD-related metabolic syndrome was associated with reduced thickness in large regions of the cortex of the brain is alarming, particularly given that veterans in this study were, on average, quite young and in their early 30s,” said Wolf.

Mind overwhelmed

Once the brain has been primed be a negative event, similar experiences can bring them back to that moment.  This article talks about the latest research on this.

In PTSD, Brain Overreacts to Cues Not Directly Linked to Negative Experiences

A new study of fear responses in military veterans both with and without PTSD has identified regions of the brain involved in this generalization of fear. Further, the research suggests that in people who have PTSD, stimuli in the environment associated with intense emotion are most likely to elicit generalized fear, whether or not directly associated with the original, triggering traumatic event.  Brain & Behavior Research Foundation  by Dr. Kevin LaBar

Gut to Body to Mind

There is new information coming out all of the time about the importance of the gut bacteria.

Gut feeling: Research examines link between stomach bacteria, PTSD

“Could bacteria in your gut be used to cure or prevent neurological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or even depression? Two researchers think that’s a strong possibility.”

Science Daily

 

Where to get help:

U. S Department of Veterans affairs 

No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track. Many, many Veterans have found the strength to reach out and make the connection.

National Center for PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster.

 

How to Help Someone with PTSD

“You may feel angry about what’s happening to your family and relationship, or hurt by your loved one’s distance and moodiness. But it’s important to know is that you’re not helpless. Your support can make all the difference in your partner, friend, or family member’s recovery. With your help, your loved one can overcome PTSD and move on with his or her life.” HelpGuide.org

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