Unfortunately, trauma is more common than most people realize. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approximately 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience trauma at least once throughout their lives. Trauma comes in many forms, too. It may include an accident, physical assault, disaster, witness to injury or death, combat, child abuse or sexual assault.
As a result, many individuals who have endured trauma experience PTSD, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can leave an individual feeling out of control, even what some deem as “shell shock,” that produces fear, anger and sadness as they are reliving the trauma through nightmares or flashbacks, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
Finding the support needed for you – or a loved one – is essential, when suffering from PTSD. As a leading home care provider, Care Indeed can offer trained staff to help your loved ones diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as post-traumatic disorder. As we continue our series on Mental Health Awareness, our goal is to better educate our clients, caregivers and community and offer the support needed to cope with depression.
While PTSD is commonly associated with veterans returning from combat, the reality is that this disorder affects far more individuals who have experienced significant trauma. Symptoms may not even surface until a month or even years after a person has endured trauma.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are three main types of symptoms for PTSD:
Children, adolescents and adults can experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional symptoms, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America include, but are not limited to:
As with any type of mental health disorder, PTSD treatments vary based on the severity of the symptoms. Working with physicians, psychotherapists, family, friends and Care Indeed can help you to determine the best possible treatment options that may include one or a combination of the following:
A mental health disorder can affect individuals at any stage of life and age. In some cases, the symptoms may be mild, but mental health disorders, such as PTSD can also be life threatening.
This is why support and care is essential at the onset of a mental health disorder. It’s important to learn as much about the symptoms and care needed to help support your loved ones. Tap into resources from local and national organizations to boost your knowledge of how the disorder affects everyone involved and to also identify coping skills. In addition, lean on caregivers, such as the qualified staff from Care Indeed, to help with daily living.
Life with any type of mental health disorder is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in living life. While you may struggle with grief and loss when coping with the symptoms as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.
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