The Causes of PTSD

Understanding PTSD will help you make a more positive contribution to your life, both as a patient and as a friend. The purpose of this article is to provide you with some information on the causes of PTSD.

There are many causes for PTSD, although not all of them can be easily identified. If you have suffered from PTSD, it is important that you understand all of the causes and symptoms, so that you will be better prepared to deal with the condition, and to help those that you care about.

The causes of PTSD are complex and range widely. Here are some of the known causes.

Phobias are a common cause. Although there is no cure for phobias, overcoming them is possible. People who have a fear of flying, or driving, or even of heights, can be helped by taking drugs that reduce these irrational fears.

Other causes of PTSD include medication, lack of sleep, and traumatic events such as rape, war, and natural disasters. Some people may also suffer from physical conditions such as depression, as well as PTSD due to extreme stress and anxiety.

Causes of PTSD that affect family members of patients are also possible. Parents can often have an adverse effect on their children. If the mother or father has been abused during their lifetime, this may have a serious impact on their offspring.

Co-morbid psychological problems may also lead to PTSD. If one person is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the other person is suffering from depression, this is a strong indicator that there is a link between the two conditions. Not all psychological disorders are directly related to PTSD, however.

People who have suffered in the past from sexual abuse, or from being a victim of crime, can also suffer from PTSD, particularly if the trauma happened recently. For instance, an assault that occurred last year, can trigger the symptoms of PTSD today. These types of life experiences may seem insignificant, but over time, they can bring about a level of emotional scarring that can affect the patient’s behavior, leading to increased symptoms of PTSD.

Those who have suffered from early childhood traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, or even violence, may have difficulty living in the present. The intense feelings of anger, fear, or grief that accompany these types of events can be very debilitating.

Patients who have suffered from mild traumatic brain injury, or from a serious accident that caused permanent damage to the brain, may also have symptoms of PTSD. Medications and therapy can help to alleviate some of the symptoms, while helping to restore some of the brain’s functionality.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to help patients that have PTSD that results from the effects of traumatic events. Since PTSD is caused by an underlying condition, getting rid of the negative beliefs and attitudes that create the condition is one of the primary objectives of treatment.

Unfortunately, not everyone who suffers from PTSD will have all of the symptoms. This is why cognitive behavior therapy is sometimes recommended to their therapists, to help them determine what type of behaviors are causing the patient’s PTSD. As stated before, PTSD is a complex condition and figuring out the causes is important to treating it.