Understanding Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Though many mental health conditions are triggered or exacerbated by life events, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of only a few that can only occur when its sufferers experience a trauma. Trauma doesn’t just affect your emotions. It also changes your brain and body chemistry, altering the way you react to future stress, how you behave in your relationships, and how you feel about yourself.
Most people experience trauma at some point during their lives, but only a small percentage will develop PTSD. Research into this phenomenon is still in its infancy, with experts unsure precisely why some people develop post-traumatic stress and others don’t. No matter how or why you developed PTSD, Three Seas can help you begin putting the pieces of your life back together.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complex set of reactions to a traumatic event. Most people experience acute short-lived symptoms in the wake of a trauma. They might have nightmares for a few days, worry about their safety, or be overwhelmed with sadness or anger, for example. PTSD, however, is a longer-lived reaction. Long after the trauma has passed, and even after its after-effects—such as physical injuries or a trial—have disappeared, people with PTSD continue to relive their experience.