Mental Health

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by difficulty recovering after experiencing a traumatic event.

Characteristics

  • Agitation
  • Hypervigilance
  • Flashbacks

PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, but PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and at any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. Three ethnic groups – U.S. Latinos, African Americans, and American Indians – are disproportionately affected and have higher rates of PTSD than non-Latino whites (reference).

Example Behaviors

  • Social isolation and avoidance behaviors
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard
  • Angry outbursts
  • Extreme physical reactions to flashbacks or triggers

There’s Help

If you recognize these characteristics and behaviors in yourself or in a loved one, there is help. At Water Gap Wellness, we treat PTSD and other mental health diagnoses. Our trained medical and clinical staff will help you manage the diagnosis while giving you hope for a productive and healthy future. Get started today 1-833-949-4673. Our friendly admissions counselors are standing by to help

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