PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is a very complex form of anxiety that is known to impact people who have been through dangerous or life-altering events. Not everyone who goes through these types of events suffer from PTSD – so it can be difficult to tell when someone is suffering and what to do next.
A great way to start deepening your understanding of PTSD, whether you think yourself or a loved one may be dealing with the disorder, is to understand who is the most vulnerable and likely to be affected. But first, let’s get to the root of it all:
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is known to develop in some people who go through shocking or scary events. While some people are able to overcome their traumas naturally, those with PTSD have a harder time moving on from the event/s. They begin to feel plagued by a sense of fear, which can trigger fight-or-flight responses. People with PTSD may show the following symptoms:
- Bad dreams
- Stress, scary thoughts, or fear when not in danger
- Staying away from certain places
- Avoiding talking or thinking about an event
- Angry outbursts or getting startled easily
- Difficulty with daily tasks
These symptoms typically stem from someone’s thoughts and feelings regarding the event that happened to them. PTSD can come from a variety of “events” or causes, specifically ones that leave negative memories for the remainder of someone’s life.
PTSD: The Causes
While not all people with PTSD got it after experiencing a dangerous event, that is typically the root of the problem. Risk factors, or events that may cause someone to develop post-traumatic stress, may include:
- Getting in an accident or experiencing an injury
- Seeing someone physically hurt or deceased
- Childhood trauma or abuse
- Not having social support after a traumatic experience
Therefore, specific groups of people who are exposed to these unfortunate situations may be more likely to develop PTSD after the event.
Groups Likely to Get Diagnosed
Though anyone can technically be diagnosed with PTSD, there are some people who are more likely to develop it or be susceptible to the disorder:
- People with less brain resilience — difficulty controlling attentional focus
- Those with history of mental illness
- Military veterans
- Sexual assault victims
- People who have been in serious car accidents
- Those who witness death
PTSD also has no age preference, though it is typically more likely in women. While men are more likely to go through accidents or traumatic events, women have been proven to develop the disorder more easily after experiencing issues such as sexual assault, etc.
Living With PTSD
Having PTSD can take a toll on anyone, but there is help out there for anyone experiencing it. If you or a loved one has post-traumatic stress disorder, here are a few tips that might help:
- Seek out support from family and discussion groups
- Try to feel confident in your actions
- Develop positive coping strategies
- Keep up mild physical activity
- Spend time with friends
- Set realistic goals
These tools are definitely helpful, but may not cure PTSD on their own. Those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are encouraged to explore therapy, medication, or another professional treatment method.
To learn more about PTSD and susceptibility, give our team of professionals a call at 844-237-5762. We’ll be happy to help you or a loved one begin the next steps to achieving a happy life free of post-traumatic stress.