Everyday there is some horrible news on TV , some catastrophe in the world. The  latest earthquake in Chile , hundreds of people dead; the latest airplane crash in Russia and so on.  My thoughts immediately think about post traumatic disorder. When one is exposed to an   extremely traumatic  event which involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, certain symptoms are experienced.  If if you just  witnesses an event and were miles away , just hearing about it or seeing it on TV can evoke distressing symptoms .

It is happening right now somewhere in the world , in the city a mugging in a dark alley , a domestic violence assault where one member of the family has to be taken to emergency , a hostage victim for money  or a terrorist attack in the Middle East, or a local motor vehicle accident.

It is important to keep in mind that this mental illness is not limited to the situations mentioned above. A mental health professional will be able to identify if any other kind of situation caused you a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The good news is that anyone developing the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can get help and find a way to get over it.

Psychotherapy  can help improve your symptoms, teach you skills to address your symptoms, help you feel better about yourself and learn ways to cope if any symptoms arise again.

If you need help or know someone in need, do not hesitate to contact us!!

 

References:

DSM IV

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/post-traumatic-stress-disorder.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20022540