Intrusive memories: Recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories of the traumatic event. Relive the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks) Disturbing dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event. Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event. Any reminder of a traumatic event can catalyze a flashback.
That's why many people who suffer trauma become secluded and avoid people, places, and things related to what happened. While this may make sense on paper, this behavior can actually be problematic. While most, but not all, traumatized people experience short-term symptoms, most don't develop ongoing (chronic) post-traumatic stress disorder. From Development for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a position she held for 10 years after serving as development director of Nashville Read.
This booklet provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including what it is, who develops it, symptoms, treatment options, and how to find help for yourself or for another person who may have PTSD. Researchers are studying the importance of these and other risk and resilience factors, such as genetics and neurobiology. Treatment should equip people with the skills needed to control their symptoms and help them participate in activities they enjoyed before developing PTSD. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.
People with a high number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), for example, are more likely to try substances at a younger age and develop an addiction. Talk to your healthcare provider about clinical trials, their benefits and risks, and if any are right for you. If you've experienced depression or anxiety now or in the past, you're at greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. With more research, it will one day be possible to predict who is likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder and prevent it.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, frightening, or dangerous event.