PTSD Not Just for Vets, Says Doctor

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Experiencing a life-changing event can have a major impact on your personality and habits. Sometimes the extent of change is so great that it can cause disturbances in your routine.

When people develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they find themselves constantly “on edge.” They may grow jumpy and irritable. Many people with PTSD experience recurring, unpleasant nightmares of the traumatic event which led to their condition. This can cause sleeplessness and even more irritability, anxiety, and sometimes depression.

While most people think of PTSD as an illness that only affects veterans, unfortunately it can also wreak havoc in the life of an ordinary civilian.

Events such as divorce, assault, and the loss of a loved one can have devastating effects on a person’s mental well-being.

For one person who wrote to a doctor for advice, the traumatic event in question was a bad car crash. An auto accident can cause significant distress, just as any event that is potentially life-threatening.

The doctor to whom the traumatized person wrote provides some information about PTSD and some of its signs and symptoms. If you want to read more about this, you can go to the link found below this article.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/mar/23/ptsd-can-occur-after-single-event/

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