Stress Management

Coping with Post Traumatic Stress

Post Traumatic stress (PTSD) is an anxiety order in which a person experiences severe stress. The stress is in response to one or more severely distressing events that may have resulted in physical or psychological trauma.

Trauma is something that is unexpected and when a traumatic event occurs, we are caught unaware. There are numerous people who may suffer from PSTD to a varying degree. Any event of a severely distressing nature such as physical assault, abuse, domestic violence, accidents or terrorist attacks can trigger PSTD. Even people who are prepared to meet life-threatening situations such as fire fighters can experience PSTD.

The fact is that trauma need not be of a sudden or physical nature. It can result because of continuous exposure to a traumatic event such as childhood abuse.

Some of the common responses to trauma that are characteristic of PSTD are melancholic feelings, anger, social withdrawal, isolation, and anxiety.  PSTD causes a great amount of emotional distress and some patients may develop suicidal tendencies. Physical pain is not easily to deal with. Dealing with emotional pain is a bigger challenge for people who have experienced trauma.
Since dealing with or coming to terms with the events that have taken place and have caused the distress depends upon the individual, there is no single cure for the treatment of PSTD. In order to overcome PSTD, the first thing that we need to is to overcome the pain.
The next thing is to go through the process of grief and find the light at the end of the tunnel. Coming to terms with grief is important in order to overcome PSTD and become productive once again.

There are a number of tools available to cure PSTD. Counseling, hypnosis, group therapy, medicines, meditation are just some of tools that are at the disposal of psychiatrists and mental health workers to bring a person out of the dark recesses of PSTD.

The onus however lies on the individual victim of PSTD.