About PTSD

About PTSD

8
MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM PTS(D) EACH YEAR
22
VETERANS TAKE THEIR LIVES DUE TO PTS(D) A DAY
40
MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION
8
MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM PTS(D) EACH YEAR
22
VETERANS TAKE THEIR LIVES DUE TO PTS(D) A DAY
40
MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION

What is PTSD?

PTS(D) is a psychological disorder that is developed through intensive and lengthy exposure to trauma, early childhood trauma or stressful life changes, mental trauma, coupled with the absence of support from family and friends.

The most commonly known triggers are experiences like violence or combat exposure like those who’ve fought in wars or served in the military, sexual or physical abuse or assault, a serious accident, or a natural disaster.

If you are ever wondering what to pray for people who have family members in the military, this is one very important aspect that you should know about and also pray for them ahead of time so that it is easier when men or women return from serving in the war.

PTS(D) Symptoms

PTS(D) is diagnosed by a doctor or psychiatrist. But some of the observable symptoms include:

  1. Flashbacks or nightmares of the traumatic experience. This can come so vividly and unexpectedly in the middle of a busy day, usually triggered by sounds or sights that remind them of the event.
  2. Avoidance of anything that reminds the victim of the experience. This may manifest as a phobia or irrational fear.
  3. Unusual numbness and difficulty in experiencing emotions like sympathy, love, joy or concern. The person may lose interest in people and activities that he or she used to enjoy a lot.
  4. Hyper-arousal or increased irritability. A loud noise may easily startle the person or bumping into someone may cause him or her to fly into a rage.

Do I have PTSD?

Fear is natural.  Fear protects us from danger. It prompts us to avoid and prepares us to defend.  But when does fear become unnatural? When does fear become terror?  When does fear cause you to act in ways that are disproportionate to your circumstances?  It’s when you’re triggered.

It is not uncommon for a person to experience at least one traumatic or stressful event in his or her lifetime. But because each person is unique–has his or her own past experiences and own way of coping with stress-it is possible that out of twenty individuals who undergo the same traumatic event, only one would develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder PTS(D).

Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTS(d) (Post Traumatic Stress.) People who have PTS(d) may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTS(d) at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTS(d). About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTS(d) during the course of a given year.

We all experience hurt.  Life is full of pain and disappointment.  But this is different — this feeling inside me goes deeper than hurt, pain or disappointment. I know all about terror.  I know what it means to be harmed and to harm others.

But my story doesn’t end there.  My name is Victor Marx and I found hope.

Post-traumatic stress or PTS(d): It’s real and it’s prevalent and it can occur at any age whether you are a child or an adult; or military (active duty or veteran); a first-responder and the list goes on.

We invite you to journey with us as we listen to the amazing stories of people who have been devastated by trauma, but have found the lights of hope and healing at the end of the tunnel.