People experience many things throughout their lives that change the course of one’s thinking. How one feels about a situation, the decisions one makes, what one fears and embraces and everything else that makes up an individual’s life. For example, car accidents, disasters, abuse and war are all experiences that can change the course a person’s mind takes in the future.
People who go through experiences such as accidents, abuse and war carry extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death. These people can develop an anxiety disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
PTSD is very common among military soldiers and veterans, because these people have experienced unimaginable memories. Soldiers have been forced to kill innocents to protect hundreds. They have watched their brothers and sisters suffer or die trying to protect towns and communities. They have been wounded and feared never seeing their families again.
These memories haunt soldiers and veterans, day and night. These traumas trigger anxiety in everyday life and make it extremely difficult to view the world through rose colored glasses.
PTSD also affects many non-military people. People who have been sexually abused, others who were shaken to their core by earthquakes or had their homes ripped away by a hurricane. People who get in a car accident can also experience PTSD.
So how do people, who have experienced the most extreme emotional trauma, cope with their memories?
Some seek help from mental health professionals. They may also take prescribed medications, or join a support group. Seeking a professional allows people with PTSD to have access to many therapies and coping skills, such as helpful medications and talk therapy.
The most common talk therapy is desensitization. Desensitization encourages people with PTSD to remember the traumatic events from their past and express their feelings. The memories of each event become less frightening over time and help the person live a more fulfilling lifestyle. For more extreme cases, professionals may recommend medication as well as talk therapy.
People with PTSD have lived through extremely horrific experiences that are very difficult to cope with. If you believe you or someone you know may have PTSD get help; talk to a professional and take the first steps towards living a more fulfilling life.