Types of PTSD

Types of PTSDIf someone suffers a traumatic experience, he may develop some form of posttraumatic stress disorder (PSTD). While the different incarnations of this issue superficially resemble each other—with symptoms including emotional detachment, hypersensitivity to being startled and difficulty relaxing or enjoying normal life—other forms correspond to the severity of the traumatic event. The following are some different types of PTSD and ways to recognize and treat them.

Normal Stress Response

This normally occurs when someone who is capable of coping with tragedy undergoes a single traumatic event. It creates a brief detachment period in which the brain tries to sort out what happened. With group therapy and guidance, this kind of PTSD can be overcome in a short time.

Acute Stress Disorder

This occurs when the traumatic event is so severe that it devastates many other areas of the survivor’s life. This provokes a constant nonfunctional state of panic and fear. Loved ones and psychologists must work together to remove the survivor to a safe, nonthreatening environment. Therapists will determine the appropriate medication to calm the patient and help her sleep so she can work through the coping process.

What is Uncomplicated PTSD?

If the survivor experiences prolonged trauma that involves loss of life or widespread destruction, he may develop uncomplicated PTSD, which is characterized by hyper-alertness, paranoia and inescapable memories of the event. He will need a blend of medication and various therapy sessions to overcome the mental and emotional pain he has undergone.

What is Co-morbid PTSD?

It is unlikely that a survivor of severe trauma will develop PTSD alone. She is much more liable to develop one or more mental disorders in conjunction with it. Disorders prone to occur in conjunction with PTSD include depression, anxiety and substance addiction. Dual Diagnosis and cooperative recovery treatment for all involved disorders are a patient’s best bet for overcoming this form of co-morbidity

What is Complex PTSD?

Complex PTSD is often provoked by repeated, inescapable tragedies that patients suffer over months or years, usually in the formative stages of his life. Unguided, the mind’s natural coping mechanisms will take over and create an emotional barrier between the survivor and her circumstances, leading her to the mistaken belief that she will be fine as long as she doesn’t talk about what happened. Negative emotions are simply buried too deep to be addressed, and they manifest in later life in detrimental ways, such as personality disorders, substance addiction, promiscuity, amnesia and depression (among other possible conditions). Careful, painstaking therapy over a long period of time will can unearth every suppressed cause of PTSD and deal with them to find healing and release.

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