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Sufferers Of Acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Must Seek Treatment Options

Posted Apr 12 2009 11:21pm

During the Civil War, survivors of one of the most bloody and casualty laden wars in recent world history developed unusual symptoms after returning to their loved ones. Flashbacks, nightmares, trembling, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and being easily startled were reported over and over by weary soldiers searching for peace after witnessing the horrors of war. This ailment was first investigated by Dr. Jacob Mendes Da Costa, and was first coined Da Costa’s syndrome. This debilitating condition that kept so many from leading normal lives was also known by several other terms including: soldier’s heart, battle fatigue, and during later wars, shell shock. Today, it is known as acute post traumatic stress disorder, and although it was at first only associated with war, doctors know today that it can afflict anyone after any traumatic or life threatening event. Although it has the potential to seriously disrupt life, there are now new treatment methods available to help affected individuals.

Overcoming PTSD is the only the first step to creating a better life. Now it’s easier than ever to get relief from the disorder while in the privacy of your own home and without the costly therapy sessions. New techniques have emerged from research of the functions of the brain and how those functions can now be manipulated in a very short time frame as compared to traditional therapy but still having the same result. It is much easier than people would have you believe.If you want a better life for yourself and your family, you start with beating the syndrome and then tackle the mountain of personal development and pull yourself away from the gutter of life. I can help, but only you can take the first step.

Although this ailment can affect anyone, it is more likely to affect women, victims of child abuse or neglect, those with family history of mental illness, and individuals whose parents divorced before the age of 10. Other common symptoms include irrational fear, depression, severe anxiety, substance abuse, high blood pressure, an increased likelihood of asthma or ulcers, weight changes, and avoidance of social settings or events that are likely to remind the sufferer of the traumatic event.

Some common events that can trigger acute post traumatic stress disorder include rape, natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, terrorism, accidents, or any other violent or disturbing events. Many people reported experiencing acute post traumatic stress disorder after the Oklahoma City bombing, after the terrorist events of 9/11, and after experiencing hurricane Katrina. acute post traumatic stress disorder most likely occurs within a few weeks to a few months after the event, and symptoms must last for at least a month before a diagnosis of acute post traumatic stress disorder can be reached. In many cases, this disorder runs a predictable course and resolves with treatment within 6 months. However, in up to a third of individuals the symptoms only get worse. New and innovative treatment methods for alleviating these life shattering symptoms are necessary for those sufferers. Those people afflicted with this serious disorder and their loved ones must explore effective treatment methods to restore quality of life.

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