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PTSD Awareness Day: Common Misconceptions related to PTSD

“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”
― S. Kelley Harrell, Gift of the Dreamtime

Investigating the researches available, in recent decades due to natural or man made disasters in India have evaluated to understand the prevalence and symptomatology of PTSD in studied population. The prevalence of PTSD in the researches is largely variable from minimal involvement to almost approximately 70 %.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to any individual after experiencing a traumatic event that has lead to feel fearful, shocked, or helpless. It can have long haul impacts, including flashbacks, trouble sleeping, anxiety and uneasiness.

The vast majority who go through traumatic events may have impermanent trouble changing and adapting, yet with time and great self-care, they ordinarily improve. On the off chance that the symptoms deteriorate, keep going for quite a long time or even years, and meddle with your everyday working, the individual may have PTSD.

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, however some of the time symptoms may not show up until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can likewise meddle with your capacity to approach your typical everyday errands.

The principle symptoms of PTSD are:
● re-encountering the injury (recollections, bad dreams or flashbacks),
● staying away from reminders of the injury/trauma,
● negative thoughts and state of mind,
● being extremely alert,
● what’s more, having an actual reaction to abrupt changes that could be an indication of risk

The most common misconceptions about post traumatic stress disorder are as follows:

Myth: PTSD is simply stress after a trauma.
Truth: There is a term for the individuals who feel pressure after a traumatic event—it’s designated “being human”. It’s totally ordinary to feel pressure after a traumatic event. On the off chance that one didn’t feel pressure subsequently, wouldn’t that appear to be odd? PTSD is far beyond feeling pressure and it’s something that creates and waits for quite a long time, months and even a long time after the traumatic event. Normal side effects of PTSD incorporate flashbacks to the horrible mishap, uneasiness, sleep deprivation, social withdrawal, alarm reflex and crabbiness, and these can keep going quite a while after the trauma. That, however side effects regularly hinder having the option to work on an everyday premise.

Myth: PTSD isn’t real and people should just “get over it.”
Truth: PTSD is genuine, and it’s a perceived conclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a distribution by the American Psychiatric Association intended to explain the standard models of mental issues.

Myth: Everyone who experiences trauma will have PTSD
Truth: To be diagnosed to have PTSD, indications should endure longer than 30 days. Nonetheless, around 90% of people who experience PTSD-like indications in the wake of encountering a trauma have their symptoms resolve normally inside a month, especially when they get help. Regularly these people are rather experiencing acute stress disorder, which is a brief period of psychological stress have a traumatic event. The symptoms od acute stress disorder may incorporate tension, elevated reactivity, and sleep deprivation.

Myth: The traumatic event must be violent to get PTSD
Truth: An assortment of awful events can cause PTSD, not just rough occasions/ traumatic events. An individual can insight, witness, or be defied with an occasion that undermines trauma, passing, or the danger to other people. PTSD frequently happens following an individual’s reaction to an event that conjures extreme sensations of dread, awfulness, or powerlessness. Almost 25% of ladies who have a mastectomy foster PTSD, and numerous COVID-19 forefront laborers are currently detailing PTSD side effects.

Myth: A person with PTSD will always have PTSD
Truth: Numerous people who experience the ill effects of PTSD discover help from their symptoms and are dealt with effectively. Treatment choices incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, and patient education. These customary treatments have great achievement rates and numerous PTSD victims discover help.

As the world gradually moves ahead during these difficult times, we should attempt to recognize and disperse the myths about PTSD. Perceiving the symptoms of trauma in ourselves as well as other people is an incredible initial step.

 

 

 

References:
Brazier,Y.(2019), PTSD: What you need to know. Medicalnewstoday.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156285#symptoms-and-diagnosis

Dispelling 5 Common Myths About PTSD, Beverly hills therapy group.

Dispelling 5 Common Myths About PTSD

Pitman, S. (2017), The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About PTSD, Huffpost.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-five-most-common-misconceptions-about-ptsd_b_5950e6c4e4b0326c0a8d09be

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), (July, 2018), MayoClinic
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355967

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