Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a traumatizing event. Although it is normal to experience a range of reactions after trauma, most people are able to recover from initial symptoms naturally. People who continue to feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger may be diagnosed with PTSD.
PTSD symptoms usually start within 3 months of the traumatic event lasting for at least 1 month1 and can include:
• bad dreams
• avoiding places or thoughts
• difficulty sleeping
• startling easily
• loss of interest in activities
• difficulty remembering the event
Commonly under recognized is that a person can suffer with depression while also having PTSD. In fact, psychiatrists Janine Flory, M.D. and Rachel Yehuda, M.D. of James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center confirm that at least half of those suffering from PTSD also struggle with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).2 This is not unusual because the symptoms of PTSD and depression overlap and both can manifest after trauma.
Some symptoms of depression include:
• loss of interest in hobbies
• difficulty concentrating or remembering
• empty feeling
• trouble sleeping
• feelings of guilt or shame
• decreased energy
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that for people suffering with both depression and PTSD, treatment for one illness can also benefit the other.3
If you have experienced a traumatic event and have been experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact a healthcare professional to seek the right treatment for you.
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