PTSD Causes, Effects, & Help

PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults. PTSD is not limited to soldiers contrary to popular belief and can affect more than just the mind. According to studies conducted over the last several years we are able to conclude that PTSD can lead to many different health worries such as heart disease, heightened reactions, anxiety, and even depression. Today we will look at PTSD risk and suggestions from experts on how to handle the disorder.

War Vets make up a majority of PTSD members and brought the disorder to light after so many cases developed post-war. Of the total population living with PTSD common events that lead to its development include combat exposure, physical abuse, sexual violence, and accidents.

Common Symtoms

Common PTSD symptoms include the following:

Intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic event
Extreme physical reactions to reminders of trauma such as nausea, or pounding heart
Invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy.
Nightmares of either frightening things or of the event.
Loss of interest in life and daily activities.
Feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people.
A sense of not leading a normal life (not having a positive outlook of your future).
Avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind you of the tragedy.
Difficulty remembering important aspects of a tragic event.

Health Effects of PTSD

PTSD can cause many physical health problems such as diabetes, pain, arthritis, heart problems as well as mental issues. PTSD studies have found that the disorder causes those who suffer from it to be at a higher risk of developing health problems through their coping habits. Those with PTSD use different ways in order to cope such as drinking and smoking, most likely as a way to ease constant stress. If left untreated, PTSD can become as severe as thoughts of suicide.


Those who have symptoms of PTSD or have been diagnosed should seek help immediately. PTSD if not confronted early on can make overcoming the disorder very difficult. One suggested action to help deal with PTSD is Therapy which aims to improve symptoms and properly teach you how to deal with the disorder. Another way to help deal with the disorder is to join a disorder support group where you can speak on your incident, without getting into too many details. Your fellow group members can help offer you support, advice, and guidance with their own experiences giving you optimism when not having to deal with the disorder alone. Finally, with doctors approval, certain medication can help you deal with the disorder it and help you get back to a positive outlook on life. These medications help your brain deal with fear and anxiety tackling the PTSD cause at its core.

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