Thursday, September 20, 2007

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as an unbearable state which goes after a shocking event. Anything ranging from kidnapping to violent attacks, or may it be raped or tortured at both mental and physical level, natural calamities, like floods or earthquakes – it may be something even loosing very nearest one all of a sudden. The common feature observed in people suffering from PTSD generally includes an emotional numbness and a frightening thoughts and memories of their suffering and pains.

Though scientists didn’t come any concrete conclusion about the development of disease and individual differences of the occurrence of disease, but it is assumed that the social factors may play one of the important factors here as the study reveals that in Vietnam war victims, those who had a strong social support system, were less likely to be in prey of PTSD.

Though it affects both conscious and unconscious level, individual or group therapy along with some medications may be used in the treatment of PTSD.
Originally published in on 24th September, 2006 19:50

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