According to the Veteran’s Association, 8 out of 100 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime. (ptsd.va.gov)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is caused when a person experiences or witnesses a particularly traumatic or triggering event. It can happen at any age and its effects often linger. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), when PTSD is left untreated, it can lead to severe depression, anxiety, panic disorder, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. While traditional therapy and other interventions may improve symptoms of PTSD over time, many people experience lingering challenges that do not go away.
With PTSD, the brain can become hardwired in a trauma pattern (loop), thereby making symptoms worse and persistent. The longer this pattern continues, the more it becomes the standard operating pattern of your brain. This loop can continually bring back memories or feelings associated with the trauma or similar to the trauma, sometimes without a person even realizing there is an association.
Common Causes can include:
Childhood abuse, accidents, physical assault, exposure to violence, military combat, pain to others, witnessing disaster, or even a social health crisis. Symptoms can include avoiding people/events that trigger memories, sleep issues/insomnia, social isolation, anxiety and/or depression, feeling agitated or anxious, and inability to concentrate, as well as physical symptoms associated with an overtaxed nervous system, like muscle tension, chronic pain and energetic blocks that can lead to further illness or discomfort.