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  • A huge misunderstanding around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is that it's most prevalent in military personnel and veterans,

  • but based on calculations from government data, about 90% of people with PTSD have never been to war.

  • Instead, they are survivors of abuse and assault, car accidents, natural disasters, and other forms of trauma.

  • This condition affects their everyday lives, which begs the question, What Is It Like To Have PTSD?

  • In any given year, about 8 million Americans deal with this condition.

  • It can arise after significant trauma and cause flashbacks, severe anxiety, nightmares, and extreme sadness.

  • People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can feel emotionally numb, even with those they're close to.

  • They might have trouble sleeping, get startled easily, and lose interest in their passions.

  • It can affect someone's work, home and social life.

  • After a traumatic event, most people heal fully in a few weeks or months, but those who don't can go on to develop PTSD.

  • The condition could arise right after the event or show up years later.

  • It can occur at any age and last anywhere from one month to several years.

  • One of the main defining characteristics of PTSD is the flashbacks, also called intrusive memories.

  • These experiences seemingly bring the individual back to the moments of trauma.

  • While they may not visually see what they experienced, they feel it all over again.

  • These flashbacks can come out of nowhere or be brought on by a trigger.

  • For example, if you got shot outside a convenience store, a car backfiring may remind you of the gunshot and bring you right back to that horrific moment.

  • People with PTSD might stay away from people, places, or activities that remind them of the trauma to avoid being triggered.

  • Other defense mechanisms come into play subconsciously with PTSD.

  • People may have trouble remembering major parts of a traumatic experience and even repress memories completely.

  • It's thought that this could be the brain's way of protecting someone from the traumatic memories.

  • This could mean someone might not remember being shot outside that convenience store at all.

  • There are a number of differences in brains of people with PTSD.

  • The amygdala, which is tied to fear processing, and the left hippocampus, which is partially responsible for memories, are smaller in people with PTSD.

  • It's also thought that the brain's Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis can't regulate stress hormones properly,

  • contributing to PTSD symptoms and causing intense waves of stress, fear, and depression.

  • Other physical effects of PTSD can be found in the neural, endocrine and immune systems.

  • This disorder has even been directly linked to increased incidences of autoimmune diseases,

  • cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and infertility.

  • Anyone who has experienced a trauma is susceptible to PTSD.

  • But people with childhood trauma, poor support systems, or history of mental illness or substance abuse are all at increased risk of developing PTSD.

  • Women and girls are also more likely to experience sexual abuse or assault, which can be a contributing factor to this huge influx of female PTSD.

  • Unfortunately, societal support for PTSD survivors is lacking, especially for those outside the military, but getting help is crucial.

  • You can reduce the risk of developing PTSD after a traumatic event by seeking out support from loved ones, support groups, and professionals.

  • You will be okay.

  • Links to free resources are down the description below.

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