Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that commonly appears in people who have experienced a traumatic event in their life, has many misconceptions and myths. PTSD is often known as the disorder that only appears in veterans; however, this is false. Males, females, and children of any race or ethnicity can get PTSD. Some examples of traumatic events that can lead to PTSD include serving in the military, having experienced a car accident, acts of terrorism, natural disasters or even personal attacks. In fact, women are more likely to get PTSD because of personal attacks such as rape and sexual abuse.
Another misconception about PTSD is that people can get the disorder right after experiencing the traumatic event. However, that is invalid; the individual has to be showing some symptoms that include flashbacks, nightmares, perspiration, elevated heart rate, frightening thoughts, sleepless nights, irritation, and feeling guilty, depressed, or worried for at least a month before they can be diagnosed with PTSD. One statement many people assume is that “anything can be traumatic.” It is true that any situation can be stressful and even frightening at a certain time, but for an event to be traumatic, certain criteria have to be met. For example, when people experience a dangerous event, the body naturally goes into fight or flight mode (preparing the body to counter an attack). This response is normal. However, this response is abnormal or changed in those with PTSD. These people feel scared or think they are in danger even when they are not.
One of the biggest misconceptions that go along with PTSD is that the disorder can not be treated. However, Dr. Sambunaris (a veteran himself) at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research believes that there is treatment available. Come in today to the Institute for Advanced Medical Research to receive an evaluation at a leading medical research facility-free of cost.
Call today at 770-817-9200. Don’t fall into the trap of myths.