Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Combat PTSD


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which is triggered by experiencing a terrifying and stressful event. The reason behind an abundant interest towards the development of thinking patterns in humans is the great exposure for the traumatic psychology. According to the research, specific thinking patterns can lead to greater vulnerability to PTSD. It is illustrated in the literature that as a result of an exposure to a trauma, youngsters can be prone to developing PTSD.

Research has highlighted that youngsters may be more vulnerable to the development of aggressive and antisocial behaviors due to their exposure to trauma and PTSD. Dependence on alcohol and drug and impulsive misconduct are other symptoms of trauma exposure. There is a serious impact of trauma exposure on the youngsters’ functioning in terms of information-processing, behavior, cognition, and emotions. In addition to it, individuals engage in aggression and risky re-enactment behaviors due to the deficits in their functioning and inability to regulate it. There is a strict relationship between PTSD and antisocial behavior in the young generation. Other than youngsters, war veterans and molestation victims are seen to be more susceptible to PTSD.

Individuals can combat PTSD by adopting self-help strategies. It is an ongoing process and time taking. Nothing can be changed overnight. It is advisory to go out to others for help. Others can be anyone from the social life and loved ones. Connection with the people who care for you helps in getting recovered faster. By avoiding alcohol and drugs, PTSD patient can develop better relationships with his friends and family members. There are other treatments too for combating the stress level which includes Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, Medication and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In these treatments, patients are taught to work through the feeling of mistrust and how they can control the disturbing memories. EMDR is an eight-phase treatment in which attention is given to three time periods.

The most important thing that PTSD patients should consider is that they need to confront whatever happened in the past and start living present and future life. In addition to this, among all other treatments the self-help strategy is the most suggested one strategy by researchers. The patient needs to practice it and build on their bravery.