The American Journal of Psychiatry describes the cause of PTSD as a result of "…the experiencing or witnessing of a stressor event involving death, serious injury or such threat to the self or others in a situation in which the individual felt intense fear, horror, or powerlessness".
While it's expected that after going through a traumatic experience it's normal to have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, sad, scared or have a flashback, in most cases these fears and feelings fade away with time. However, for people suffering from PTSD, the feelings linger for months and years, sometimes getting worse and in some cases never going away.
PTSD was formally known as "shell shock" or "combat fatigue" and known to only affect war veterans. Over time, doctors have come to realize the condition can affect anyone at any time whether it's men, women or children. Some groups however are more prone to developing the condition than others such as:
Children who are in foster care; Victims of domestic violence and abuse; People in the military.
for example, police officers, military personnel, first responders, firefighters etc. have a higher risk of developing PTSD than someone who is an artist or a dancer.
Dear Health Care Workers, First Responders and Families,
We are living in a world that we have not experienced before. Our lives are turned upside down with the social distancing, being apart from family and dear friends. Are you feeling lost, sad, anxious or other symptoms that are dragging your daily energy down? You might be experiencing PTSD.
Contact MJ for a hypnosis session via Zoom from the comfort of your home. Her years of experience in health care as an ER/critical care RN gives her a true understanding what Health Care Workers and First Responders are going through.