Episode summary introduction:
PTSD has been called by many different names over the years. It’s been known as “shell shock” and “combat fatigue” from soldiers returning from war. Although PTSD is very well known and associated with veterans, they are not the only ones who suffer with this illness. People who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events also suffer from PTSD.
People suffering with PTSD may go through intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to an experience long after the traumatic event has ended. Reliving the events through flashbacks or nightmares. Some may feel sadness, fear, anger and/or detached or estranged from other people. Those with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, having strong negative reactions to loud noises or an accidental touch.
Risk factors and S/S are discussed.
Diagnosis is usually made by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:
At least one re-experiencing symptom
At least one avoidance symptom
At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
At least two cognition and mood symptoms
Treatment is typically a combined approach: psychotherapy, medication and alternative treatments.
It’s our responsibility as healthcare professionals to be educated and informed. With that being said we’re going to link an assessment screening tool for PTSD.
We need to continue to raise awareness. June 2 is PTSD awareness day, June is PTSD awareness month but for those with PTSD it is everyday.
Attached to the show notes will be a booklet you can download via the following link;
Offer coping skills and mechanisms;