Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, is a chronic mental health disorder that can occur in people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. PTSD impacts millions of people every year, and many people will experience PTSD at some point in their life. We are all different, so not everyone who undergoes the same trauma will develop PTSD. However, anyone can develop PTSD at any age.
Following a traumatic event, it is normal to experience upsetting memories that might cause you to feel nervous or have trouble sleeping, among other symptoms. For most, these symptoms will gradually go away over a relatively short period. For others, though, the symptoms remain and may even get worse. It is essential to recognize the common signs of PTSD when a person needs to seek professional help.
At Rose Hill Center, we understand that the adverse effects of PTSD can make it difficult to carry on with your regular daily routine. Use our online form or call 866.367.0220 to speak to our professional staff about our PTSD and holistic mental health treatment services.
What are the Common Signs of PTSD?
Experts do not understand why some people develop PTSD and others do not develop this condition. Living with PTSD can be very difficult because PTSD triggers are often all around. They can be internal, such as a thought or feeling, or external, such as a sound or an object.
The signs of PTSD can be as varied as the triggers and can also be confused with other mental health conditions. However, there are some common signs such as:
- Nightmares, night terrors, or other sleeping difficulties
- Easily startled
- Avoidance of people, places, or thoughts related to trauma
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Sudden bursts of anger
People who have PTSD that goes untreated are at a higher risk for developing substance use disorder and other mental health disorders that can further impact their quality of life. While there is no cure for PTSD, PTSD treatment services are available. These treatments significantly reduce the symptoms and provide those who suffer the appropriate coping skills to navigate their daily routines and lives.
Risk Factors for PTSD
Understanding the cause of a person’s PTSD is a crucial factor in knowing how to treat it. Experiencing, witnessing, or even learning about a traumatic event cannot be the only factor in developing PTSD because not everyone who has these experiences develops PTSD. As is the case with most mental health problems, PTSD is caused by a complex combination of factors. That said, certain risk factors could cause an individual to be more likely to develop PTSD in the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as:
- Childhood trauma
- Experiencing a severe injury or accident
- Having a job that increases your risk of experiencing traumatic events
- Surviving a dangerous situation
- Witnessing a death
- History of substance abuse or other mental illness
- Not having a strong support network
No matter the risk factors or the cause of PTSD, if you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD symptoms, finding the right mental health treatment is essential to recovery. Rose Hill Center can help.
Find PTSD Treatment at Rose Hill Center
Rose Hill is a mental health treatment center that puts people first. Residents live and grow on the beautiful 400-acre rural campus, where they have the opportunity to engage in a variety of services designed to meet their specific needs. We understand that healing from the effects of trauma can be difficult, but PTSD does not have to rule your life or the life of your loved one.