Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety condition that can develop after someone has experienced a life-altering or life-threatening event.
Events that have been known to cause PTSD in some people include severe illness, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and car crashes. PTSD can occur in children, teens and adults.
When someone has PTSD, there are typically a number of symptoms. Difficulty sleeping (insomnia and nightmares or night terrors), irritability, anxiousness, and difficulty concentrating are just a few of the things people who have PTSD may experience after trauma.
While these complaints may occur in many people following a traumatic incident, they last much longer in someone who has PTSD.
There are treatment options available for people who have PTSD. A licensed mental health worker can help these individuals to select the best treatment for them and to stick with it.
A recent article on PTSD discusses the effects of a sleep disorder, sleep apnea, on the outcome of treatment for PTSD. It seems that having sleep apnea can keep PTSD treatment from being as effective. In order to overcome this difficulty, the person in question needs to be treated for his or her sleep apnea.
The writer also mentions that other sleep disorders and other anxiety disorders may be linked. A sleep disorder causes disruption of the body’s natural biological rhythms, which can lead to problems with anxiety. Too much anxiety can also cause problems with sleep, so it can be difficult to say which health issue really “causes” the other.
To read more about sleep apnea and PTSD, click on the link below.