Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Post traumatic stress disorder occurs when a person has experienced a severe trauma such as a natural disorder, war, combat, physical or sexual abuse or has witnessed violence, they usually show one or more of the following symptoms.

Traumatic dreams and sleeping problems
Repeated flashbacks or recurrent dreams of the event
Inability to relate to others
Physical symptoms - headaches, pain and bowel problems
Intense worry if exposed to anything resembling the event

In young children - difficulty concentrating, agitated behaviour or developmental regression in such things as speech or toilet training.

No sense of future,
No expectation of having a career, family or living to old age.

Fear, horror and specific individual reactions are usually experienced after a traumatic event. Some people are able to deal with trauma a lot better than most and will never experience symptoms of this condition, however it is quite serious for those who do suffer from it. It is considered to be a mental disorder that has resulted from any sort of deeply shocking experience, symptoms can occur immediately or even months later. There is more chance of overcoming this disorder quickly if you are under treatment. Some sufferers of this condition can also suffer from a number of physical ailments such as phobias, drug abuse, panic attacks or depression. People who are abused often suffer from these ailments.



Post traumatic stress disorder is caused because of a severely traumatic event that initiated feelings of fear, horror and helplessness. The period of time that the person will suffer from this condition depends on how long the person was exposed to this event and how sever it was. Post traumatic stress is more likely to occur if the trauma was chronic and ongoing. The part of the brain which interprets fear can be affected because intense fear can have physical repercussions in this area, and damage can often contribute to the symptoms suffered by people with post traumatic stress disorder. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms you should consult your doctor or psychotherapist so that he can examine you, your full family history and the traumatic event so he can make a diagnosis and treat you accordingly.

When to seek further professional advice

As soon as you, your child or other loved one shows any of the symptoms associated with post traumatic stress.

Alternative/Natural Treatments


Using aromatherapy oils while massaging may help to relax you and reduce your stress levels. Four to five drops of Sandalwood diluted in 15g of vegetable based cream should be rubbed all over you, this way the essential oil properties can work throughout the day. Essential oils of vetiver, ylang ylang, marjoram, grapefruit, bergamot, cedarwood, patchouli, frankincense and tangerine are also good at relieving stress. There are a number of calming herbs that can be taken as a tea these are lemon balm and chamomile. Skullcap and valerian are a stronger variety of herbs and they are extremely good for shock and extreme stress. These herbs should only be taken for a short time as they can be very addictive as well as harmful. A professional herbalist should be consulted.

Traditional Treatment


Psychotherapy, Anti-depressant drugs and reassurance are the usual treatments for post traumatic stress disorder.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00