PTS – Who’s at Risk for PTS and What Can You Do?

By: Fuzzy Manning

PTS -  Who's at Risk & What Can You Do? Fuzzy Manning - Shining Service WorldwidePost Traumatic Stress PTS is a terrible trauma that overwhelms you, threatens your safety, makes you feel helpless, and numbs your feelings. You experience painful memories that don’t fade, and you live with a constant sense of fear. It seems like you’ll never get over what happened or feel normal again. 

What is the difference between PTS & normal trauma?

  • PTS – Anyone who experienced a terrible trauma whose body and mind are in emotional shock and your reality is altered in how you see and experience life, yourself, others, and the world. You need to seek professional mental health care. Family members can provide a great deal of support, but lack the ability to identify and treat the causes of the trauma.
  • Normal Trauma – You’re overwhelmed and frightened by a trauma. Your sense of safety and trust may be shattered. However most symptoms are short-lived and dissipate within a few weeks or months. Family support is crucial in your ability to recover and resume a normal life. 

Why Should I Seek Help for PTS?

  • Early detection and treatment is the best course of action. Until you have an experienced clinician, therapist, or practitioner to assess all of the changes within the body physically, mentally, and emotionally, you’re never actually sure of the extent of the damage to your entire body. If the causes go unchecked, they slowly progress into various Chronic Diseases such as: heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, obesity, cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, or diabetes.
  • Treatment plans and remedies vary due to family history, gender, age, lifestyle, and severity of the trauma or injury to the body. The majority of symptoms are invisible and may go undetected for years or decades. There are no generic treatment plans or remedies that work, period! 

How Does PTS Affect The Body?

PTS exists at a cellular level and affects every system and organ in the body. PTS either alters or changes your:

  • Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
  • Blood/Brain Chemistry
  • Cellular Division & Repair
  • Function of Bodily Organs
  • Immune System
  • Oxygen Intake 

PTS Symptoms

Symptoms of PTS develop over time, vary dramatically from person to person, and at anytime you can be transported right back in the middle of the trauma over and over again, e. g., due to a noise, a color, an image, or a smell. This is only a small list of PTS symptoms that may be exhibited internally and externally: 

  • Aggression & Irritability
  • Chronic Depression
  • Compulsive Addictions
  • Extreme Emotional Arousal
  • Flashbacks, Night Terrors & Nightmares
  • Increased Anxiety, Hysteria & Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Loneliness & Isolation
  • Numb Feelings
  • Panic Attack & Paranoia
  • Physical Aches & Pains
  • Suicidal Thoughts & Feelings
  • Uncontrollable Anger & Rage 

Who is at Risk?

  • PTS directly affects those experiencing the trauma, people witnessing the traumatic event, and those who serve and care for the victims, e.g., firemen, law enforcement officer, paramedic, medical personnel, emergency worker, aid/disaster relief, humanitarian worker, peace keepers, military personnel. 

What are PTS Traumas?

This is only small list of PTS traumas that can occur during your lifetime: 

  • Abuse & Physical Aggression
  • Assault & Robbery
  • Bullying & Harassment
  • Car, Train, Plane, or Boat Accident
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Death of a Loved One
  • Gang Violence
  • Genital mutilation
  • Genocide
  • Kidnapping
  • Natural Disaster
  • Sexual Assault, Harassment
  • Suicide
  • War 

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Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration to civilian life.

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