Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the result of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Soldiers who have been to war are often diagnosed with some degree of PTSD. Individuals who have survived natural disasters, vehicle accidents and many different types of abuse and abandonment may produce PTSD. Some cases are more severe than others. The mental and emotional state of clients prior to the event can have an impact on how they react to a traumatic event. Both children and adults can be impacted by horrific experiences. While each person is affected differently, treating PTSD helps people begin to cope with the events and restore a sense of normalcy to their lives.
Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event can experience symptoms of and be diagnosed with PTSD. Trauma is also relative to the experience of the individual. Small children who have been victimized in any way are especially susceptible to the effects of PTSD. Most people associate PTSD with soldiers who have been to battle, been wounded or who have witnessed the death. While this association is valid, anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD. Any traumatizing event can have devastating effects on an individual who experiences it, no matter the age, gender, or state of health. PTSD is treatable, and many of the treatment methods offer relief for individuals who have suffered through a traumatic event. Timely treatment can prevent episodes of depression, emotional outbursts, and suicidal thoughts.
Clients diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma have several treatment options available to them. Counseling helps them understand the events and allows clients the opportunity to discuss their feelings and work through any issues that may remain, such as survivor’s guilt. Along with counseling, medications can be beneficial. Being diagnosed and receiving treatment are the first steps in helping a client with PTSD return to a normal life and be able to resume their regular activities.