Have you always had the fear of something, let’s say, heights, because you once fell from a high place or saw someone fall? As much as your fears could be founded on that ordeal, have you ever tried to overcome them and what happened when you did try? After such a horrifying ordeal, one can develop a condition known as post traumatic disorder. This disorder is one of the many anxiety disorders. This type of disorder occurs after an incident of physical harm or threat to physical harm.
One myth associated with this type of disorder is that it only affects those who are “weak” emotionally. Post traumatic disorder can develop in any one. It affects the subconscious mind, triggering the fear section of your brain and not how you feel about something .
Do you know a person who used to drive fast, a dare-devil who though everybody else on the road was scared of using their vehicles. I know of one and surprisingly, he switched to be the slowest driver and later gave up driving. This driver was not involved in an accident; he just happened to cause an accident that left three people seriously injured. He was a “brave heart”, not a weakling but still suffered post traumatic disorder.
An incident that influences its development is not always one that you experienced, it could be one you saw another person, close to you or a stranger, experience. There are many incidents or factors that could result in one suffering post traumatic disorder. They vary and depend on one’s brain composition. There are factors that affect you negatively, there are those who could actually enjoy and have a thrill from those same factors. Incidences such as a plane crash, genocides, mass violence, tremors and earthquakes, rape or kidnapping, a building crashing or just electrocution could cause the development of post traumatic disorder. Although this are just the major causes, a physical harm could also be caused by a household item such as blender or a knife, resulting in you having a horrific perception of those tools. Every time you see them, you imagine yourself being cut or injured as before.
It is not a certain result that you will develop post traumatic disorder after an incident. You should get a full diagnosis if you suspect you are affected. There are several signs and symptoms that could guide you into determining your predicament. If you start being unusually aggressive or violent or become easily irritable, do not overlook those signs, get yourself to a physician. Also if you start losing interest in what you liked doing before, like my friend the driver, or if you become unusually in-affectionate, you could be suffering from post traumatic disorder. This type of anxiety disorder occurs as flashbacks. You get to see the incident that triggered it all over again as if it is happening the first time. You could see that horrific incident in your day-to-day routine or even in your sleep.
Although some of the symptoms could just be part of the cycle of life, such as losing and gaining interest in activities, when this happens within three months after your traumatic ordeal, it is highly likely that it is post traumatic disorder. It is recommended that you get a holistic medical checkup regularly; you can survive through your new-found fears.