Potential causes of PTSD–3: Natural calamities

Potential causes of PTSD–3: Natural calamities

Almost all countries of the world have had their share of natural disasters. The common feature of these natural calamities is that they leave behind a trail of damage, destruction and death to whosoever comes in their periphery. The impact of the catastrophe may be palpable in terms of loss of human life and property, death of stranded animals, disturbances in communication and transport, disruption of civic amenities, sudden floods followed by landslides and outbreak of plague. Read more

Unrelenting PTSD symptoms may spell disaster, if left untreated

Unrelenting PTSD symptoms may spell disaster, if left untreated

Pain is mostly associated with a physical discomfort that could be due to any reason. But sometimes, the nagging pain could be due to impalpable reasons and may last longer than the physical symptoms. Pain could stem from negative experiences such as accidents, death of a loved one, sexual assault or being a witness to some disastrous incident. The initial reactions to such traumatic experiences may be subtle including fear, insomnia or lack of concentration but may turn into a full blown disorder known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more

Potential causes of PTSD–2: Sexual attack

Potential causes of PTSD–2: Sexual attack

Rape crimes not only affect the victim but also wreak havoc on the moral conscience of a nation. The pandemic of violent acts like sexual assault has a significant percentage of American population in its grip. This is evident from statistics highlighted in the study titled “Criminal Victimization, 2015” published in October 2016 by the U.S. Department of Justice that reports of roughly 204,000 Americans being sexually assaulted in 2015 alone. It also reported that young people aged 12 or older experienced nearly five million violent victimizations. Read more

Potential causes of PTSD–1: War and military expeditions

Potential causes of PTSD–1: War and military expeditions

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”Susan Pease Banitt

Traumatic experiences can take a toll on one’s mind and behavior. Some experiences may be more distressing than others and may result from childhood abuse, feeling of neglect, loss of loved ones, lack of a proper support system or employment in jobs that included taking part in military expeditions and serving in war zones. Read more