Many events in your life can
be the impetus for post trauumatic stress disorder. The event may not
even be visible to others because some people deal with the trauma through detachment and a certain inner distance.
others there may be flashbacks and painful rememberings of the event. This often comes out in
nightmares for sexually abused victims. Being irritable or easily startled can be another symptom of this syndrome.
It is important to treat this to avoid shutting down as a person or being subject to volatile emotions inside of
yourself. When the event isn't processed, someone can have major depression, panic attacks, eating disorders or even
disassociative identity disorder (when part of yourself breaks off into another personality).
When stress is not dealt with, it's possible to try to numb yourself through substances or end up in unhealthy
relationships that are similar to the initial traumatic one (ie have a spouse that is abusive). By processing the
emotions, you can normalize your reactions and this will lead to healthier and more fulfilling interpersonal
Remember that we all respond to difficult situations differently. Two people may lose their mom through a tragic
accident and one may become an alcoholic and the other child won't resort to drinking. Everyone reacts differently to
situations and there is no one perfect response. Also someone who may seem to be dealing with a situation in a
healthy way initially may later on in life be chased by nightmares from that event and need to work on resolving it
at that point in their life. The important thing is to know that difficult situations will make impressions on us and
that if you need support even years later for the event, there are resources available. Though these situations are
hard to deal with, when you do you get back new energy and vitality again to live a normal life.
Note: Some statements in this
article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational
purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.