Depression & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Depression & Post Traumtic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic stress disorder is related to depression because it is the type of disorder that has been the aftermath of some traumatic event. It’s common for over half of those diagnosed with PTSD to be diagnosed with depression as well. Those who have fallen victim to a traumatic event have had periods in which they cannot adjust to the world the way that it used to be. Over time they have learned to cope, but time is often the only thing that will heal. Symptoms can get increasingly worse over time, maybe even years.

There are various symptoms pointing to PTSD and depression: memories that are very intrusive, avoiding the topic and pretending that it didn’t happen, an increase amount of anxiety or emotional sensitivity, loss of sleep, sleeping too much and many common symptoms that comes with depression itself. This individual may feel very hopeless, have trouble recalling upon memories, and experience the inability to hold relationships well, angered easily and feeling overwhelmed spontaneously.

Post traumatic stress disorder will take a toll at random times and then disappears for a short while, causing one to believe that the problem has been solved. When the individual is experiencing an increased amount of stress then they may be reminded of the event that caused them stress. At a certain point in time it’s recommended to see a doctor or a health care professional; any physician or mental health care specialist is recommended. Getting depression treatment will prevent the symptoms from further increasing because at times the symptoms can be very severe and result in the individual harming themselves or someone else. When the symptoms increase then depression is more prevalent and with an increase in depression, a backlash may occur.  It’s difficult to acknowledge what the determining factor is in PTSD and researchers are still getting to know what triggers it. The most common are life experiences, personality traits that have been inherited, chemical imbalance in the brain, inherited mental illness and a risk factor.

People can experience post traumatic stress disorder and depression at any age, although it’s common among adults. This is very common in those who have served in combat because of a battle fatigue and memories that seem to “shell shock” them. Women are much more prevalent to be diagnosed with the disorder than men because of interpersonal violence that takes place, or a sexual violence that women are not as physically capable of defending themselves from.  It is common in men who have been exposed to combat exposure, sexual molestation or rape, neglect as a child and physical abuse. In women it’s common to have experienced molestation, rape, physical abuse, threatened in a vulgar manner or with a weapon and abuse as a child. There are also times in which it is more common such as if the individual has experienced a traumatic fire, robbery, a car accident, a medical disorder or diagnosis that may be life threatening, natural disaster or a kidnapping.

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