Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is likely to affect about eight out of 100 people in their lifetime. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most well-known trauma-related mental disorder. While many think of PTSD as occurring in combat veterans or others who experienced war, this mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, race or culture.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a prolonged stress response that becomes a chronic mental health problem. Some traumatized people have symptoms of stress. But not all those who have stress also have PTSD. The main characteristic of PTSD is persistence.
A trauma is an event related to any of the following:
When there’s danger around a person, it triggers a fight or flight response in the brain. Brain chemicals change while blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and respiration increase. The person becomes alert, and this may help them escape danger. After the event passes, it may be PTSD if the stress response continues.
Treatment for PTSD and substance use disorder may need to be combined in a dual recovery program.
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