Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of many different types of anxiety disorders. It is a very difficult disorder that can result from a very difficult or frightening circumstance. Often, this includes the sensation of being emotionally detached, persistently reliving thoughts of the memories of the event, especially when the occurrence had to do with the loss of a very close loved one.
Post traumatic stress disorder can occur as a result of many different kinds of upsetting and horrifying events such as war, a serious accident, childhood abuse, violent attacks, being imprisoned or held captive, torture, or rape. The disorder can be caused by something experienced directly by the individual, or due to something that was witnessed but that did not happen to them, including a murder, a bombing, torture or violence, or a plane crash or car accident. It is a very common condition among law enforcement officials as well as war veterans due to the destruction, harm, death, and other upsetting events they must witness.
Though this is a terrible condition, the one positive thing is that it is very treatable and it can be overcome. For many people struggling with post traumatic stress disorder, it can be intrusive in all parts of their lives, from reliving memories during the daytime to dreams and nightmares during sleep. This can cause trouble sleeping, lead to sensations of being withdrawn from reality, and can cause the person to become jumpy and easily startled. They may lose interest in the things that used to bring them joy, and they become aggressive while being irritable and possibly even violent.
The worst struggle for people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder is reliving their memories in their various forms. Often people, places, and circumstances are avoided because they can bring memories closer to the front of the mind and this becomes a difficult and painful experience to undergo. It is easier to simply avoid them.
About six percent of the American population suffers from a form of post traumatic stress disorder. Among them, both children and adults are affected, though it is more common for women to experience it than men.
Treating post traumatic stress disorder begins with recognizing that this condition is present. From there, working with a doctor and mental health professional, a combination of mental therapies and anti-anxiety medications, both prescription and non-prescription such as Zanaprin, as well as sleep aids can be very useful for helping to recover, deal with the memories, and come to terms with what has happened so that the pain can be released.