How Has PTSD Touched Your Life?
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious psychological condition that affects people in many ways. The destructive effects of PTSD can damage not only the person with the syndrome, but also others as well. Friends, family members, co-workers, complete strangers and society at large can suffer from the destructive effects of PTSD.
Effects of PTSD
PTSD can devastate those who suffer from the disorder. All areas of life can be affected by PTSD, to the point that the person may have a very difficult time functioning normally. Symptoms of PTSD include the following:
- Recurring nightmares about the traumatic event
- Flashbacks in which the trauma is relived
- Obsessive thoughts about the trauma
- Avoidance of situations that remind the person of the trauma
- Increased general anxiety
- Increased startle response
- Feeling numb or detached
- Problems socializing
Aside from these problematic symptoms those with PTSD are also at increased risk for the following issues:
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Problems at work
- Missed work
- Criminal activity
If you ignore your problematic symptoms, you can endure these conditions or others.
How PTSD Affects Friends and Family
PTSD also affects other people indirectly. Families are likely to be impacted by the devastating effects on a family member. Families can suffer tangible results such as financial difficulty due to job loss, drug addiction or the cost of treatment. Family members are also likely to suffer emotional effects from constantly worrying about a person they love. Family harmony and dynamics can be disrupted, and family members can become resentful of the damage being done to their relationships.
Employers and co-workers can feel the effects of PTSD. Those who suffer from PTSD tend to miss more days of work and have difficulty concentrating. Co-workers are often forced to take up the slack, employers may suffer increased costs and reduced profits and even related businesses may suffer.
Finally, society at large suffers from the effects of PTSD. The costs to society result from reduced labor productivity and increased production costs, increased criminal activity and substance abuse, homelessness, and treatment for PTSD.
Professional Treatment for PTSD
PTSD is a potentially devastating condition with many destructive effects. The good news is that PTSD can be treated successfully. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a proven method for treating PTSD, and the depression and substance abuse issues that often accompany it.
If you or someone you love suffers from PTSD, we can help you find treatment to address this potentially devastating condition. Specialists trained in PTSD can help patients cope with these effects, resolve the associated issues and lead a happier, healthier life. If you would like help finding treatment for PTSD, or if you simply have questions about PTSD, then call us. Our helpline is toll free and we are available 24 hours a day.