Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)(Anger)
PTSD (Form of anger) can leave you feeling stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories. You can feel safe again and move on from trauma with new coping skills.
It is normal to feel sad, frightened, anxious and disconnected after a traumatic event. Sometimes you will feel like your upset doesn’t fade and stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories. Then surely you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It can seem like you will never get over what happened or feel normal again. You can learn to manage your symptoms, reduce painful memories and move past the trauma with treatment and support.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop following any event that makes you fear for your safety. Most people associate PTSD with rape or battle-scarred soldiers and military combat. Any event or series of events that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and leaves you emotionally shattered. This can trigger your PTSD. This may happen especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable.
PTSD can affect people who personally experience a traumatic event. They witness the event and who pick up the pieces afterward such as emergency workers and law enforcement officers. PTSD can also result from surgery performed on children. This is beacuse they are too young to fully understand what’s happening to them.
PTSD vs normal response to traumatic events
Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences atleast some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it is normal to feel unbalanced, disconnected or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events.
For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks but they gradually lift. The symptoms don’t decrease if you have post-traumatic stress disorder. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse.
Signs of PTSD Anger
PTSD develops differently from person to person because everyone’s nervous system and tolerance for stress is a little different. While you are most likely to develop symptoms of PTSD in the hours or day following a traumatic event. It can sometimes take weeks, months or even years before they appear. Sometimes symptoms appear seemingly out of the blue. At the other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event such as noise, an image, certain words or smell.
Symptoms of PTSD
While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are four main types of symptoms.
1. Re-experiencing the traumatic event through intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares or intense mental or physical reactions when reminded of the trauma.
2. Avoiding and numbing such as avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma being unable to remember aspects of the ordeal, a loss of interest in activities and life in general.
3. Hyperarousal including sleep problems, irritability, hypervigilance, angry outbursts, and aggression.
4. Negative thought and mood changes like feeling alienated and alone, feeling mistrust and betrayal.
PTSD symptoms in children
The symptoms of PTSD can differ from those of adults and may include:
1.Fear of being separated from their parent
2.Losing previously-acquired skills
3.Sleep problems and nightmares
4.Aches and pains with no apparent cause
5.Irritability and aggression
PTSD (anger) risk factors
While it is impossible to predict who will develop PTSD in response to trauma. Many risk factors revolve around the nature of the traumatic event itself. Traumatic events are more likely to cause PTSD when they involve a severe threat to your life or personal safety: the more extreme and prolonged the threat, the greater the risk of developing PTSD in response. The extent to which the traumatic event was unexpected, uncontrollable and inescapable also plays a role.
Other risk factors for PTSD include:
1.Previous traumatic experiences
2.Family history of PTSD or depression
3.History of physical or sexual abuse
4.History of substance abuse
5.History of anxiety and depression
PTSD causes and types of trauma
Trauma or PTSD symptoms can result from many different types of distressing experiences, including military combat, childhood neglect or abuse, an accident, natural disaster, personal tragedy or violence. But whatever your personal experiences or symptoms, the following can offer strategies to help you heal and move on:
1. PTSD in military veterans
For all too many veterans returning from military service means coping with symptoms of PTSD. You may have a hard time readjusting to life out of the military. But it is important to know that you are not alone and there are plenty of ways you can deal with nightmares and flashbacks, cope with feelings of depression, anxiety or guilt and regain your sense of control.
2. Emotional and Psychological trauma
If you have experienced an extremely stressful event that left you feeling helpless and emotionally out of control. Psychological trauma often has its roots in childhood but any event that shatters your sense of safety can leave you to feel traumatized whether it is an accident, injury, the sudden death of a loved one, bullying, domestic abuse.
3. Rape or sexual trauma ((Impact of Destructive Anger)
The trauma of being raped or sexually assaulted can be shattering, leaving you to feel like scared, ashamed or alone. It is important to remember that you were not to blame for what happened and you can regain your sense of safety, trust, and self-worth.
PTSD self-help Tips to defeat anger-
1. Challenge your sense of helplessness:
Start learning more about trauma and PTSD. Join a PTSD support group and start practicing relaxation techniques. Stay away from alcohol and drugs and spend time with positive people. Pursue outdoor activities and enjoy the peace of nature.
2. Get moving:
Start rhythmic exercise that engages both your arms and legs such as walking, swimming or dancing. Activities like rock climbing, boxing, and weight training focus on your body movements.
3. Reach out to others for help:
Volunteering your time or reaching out to your friend in need is not only a great way to connect to others. Besides you can also help reclaim your sense of control. Join a PTSD support group that will make you feel less isolated and alone.
4. Get Proper Sleep:
Ultimately sleeping is the medicine of every problem. You must get proper sleep of at least 7 hours to cool down your mind. This will reduce your anger and stabilize your mind. You will be able to concentrate on your work.
Anger is something that hurts only the person who wield’s it. Anger is one of the biggest problem of an individual.
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