Post Traumatic StressPost traumatic stress is complex of mental and physicalstress which can caused by remembering any of the traumatic event orpsychological stressful thoughts occurred in the past like assault, fight,emotional breakdown, or any threat to life, etc. It is a mental disorder in whichthere can be recurrent thoughts of the traumatic event, anxiety attacks or nightmaresor ungovernable thoughts. There can be behavioral changes as well like avoiding the situationsor the environmental factors which can remind the person of the traumaticevent, they can be hypervigilant for any recurrence of the trauma, or they canbe hyper arousal where they can have increased alarm reaction. The symptoms canpersist for over a month.
Causes and symptomsThere are several for the post traumatic stress. Anysituation or action has different effects on individuals. Some can be prone todisaster but others can have the optimistic to rise again. But the most common cause can be interpersonal trauma likerape or child abuse. Depending on the age such traumas can have different wayof expression, like children of very young age cannot show distress like adultsbut they may show the event by acting it out as play. Other children or adultsmay undergo depression, sleepless nights, hyperarousal that they cannottolerate anyone’s touch.Other causes can be environmental factors like accidents, naturaldisaster, financial breakdown, political activities or the hostilities. Thesesituations cannot be controlled by pupils.
These types of stress can beexpressed in form of general irritability which can result into fits of rageand often leading to alcohol abuse. People with accidents caused stress canhave temporary loss of memory due to the trauma like retrograde amnesia ortotal loss of memory. So the symptoms are listed as-1. Recurrent thoughts of the traumatic event2. Avoiding the events or situation that may evokethe memory of the trauma3. Hyper vigilant and hyper arousal4. Memory disability5. Depression or loss of the ability for emotionalmanifestation6.
Drug and alcohol abuse7. Aggression 8. Trepidation9. Hallucinations10. Sleep disorder11.
Temper issue12. Suicidal thoughts or sense of guilt