Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder; triggered after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The events are commonly connected to accidents or abuse. A common illness that may last several months or years; it may start from a month after the event.
The symptoms include panic attacks, eating disorders, flashbacks and nightmares. They are often referred to as ‘traumatic triggers’. A person suffering from PTSD may experience dizziness, nausea, difficulty in breathing and trouble concentrating. If left untreated, it has a high chance of turning into depression making it difficult for the person to do daily tasks.
If you have a friend suffering with PTSD, don’t pressure them into talking. They feel vulnerable that leads to anger and irritability. Be patient and rebuild trust. Emphasize their strengths. Give them space and try to remain calm. When you feel like they are ready, talk to them about the triggers and try to be a good listener.
Recently the British Psychological Society said that the country’s National Health Service Staff, on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, are at a high risk of developing anxiety and PTSD; referring to a “future mental health crisis”.
In these tough times it is extremely important to stay sane. If you feel like your anxiety is building up it is alright to talk to someone about it. There are people out there to help; it is up to you to give them a chance.
“Mental illness is not a personal failure”