A person who experiences a catastrophic event may
develop ongoing difficulties known as Post.traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD). The traumatic event may have involved severe injury or a situation with life has been threatened (examples: victim or a witness of physical or sexual abuse,
violence in the home or in the community, automobile accidents, natural
disasters, etc) Symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder typically start within three
months of a traumatic event but n some cases they may take years to surface.
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may persist or they may come and go Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are generally grouped into three
!-intrusive memories. 2-Avoidance and numbing. 3- Increased anxiety
or emotional arousal.
1-Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:
- Flashbacks & reliving the traumatic event in the daily life
- Dreams surrounding the traumatic event
2-Symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing may include:
- Avoiding thinking or talking about the traumatic event
- Emotional numbness
- Avoiding activities once enjoyed
- Feelings of Hopelessness & helplessness
- Trouble staying focused
- Avoidance of forming close relationships
3-Symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal may include:
- Anger & mood irritability
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking, drugs, etc
- Trouble sleeping
- Hypervigilance and being easily startled or frightened
A child with PTSD may re-experience the traumatic event by:
- Reenacting the event over and over during play time.
- Having frightening dreams
- Acting or feeling like the experience is happening over and over
- Developing repeated physical or emotional symptoms anytime the child is reminded of the event.
- Worry about dying at an early age
- Losing interest in activities
- Refusing to go to school
- Having physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches
- Showing more sudden and extreme emotional reactions
- Having problems falling or staying asleep
- Sudden and more often angry outbursts
- Having problems concentrating or staying focused
- Regressed behavior or acting younger than their age ( clingy or whiny behavior, thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, etc)
- Showing increased alertness to the surroundings
"A Meaningful Action to prevent incidents such as the tragic one that took place in Newtown, Connecticut Include Better Funding for the Public Mental Health System. By many accounts, the public mental health system is ineffective. It can be difficult to receive quality treatment and in some cases any treatment at all. Our status quo mental health system represents a fragmented system, one in which many fall through the cracks, and is in need of drastic change. Very often, individuals without health insurance can’t and don’t receive mental health treatment. Federal and state government should stop slashing the budgets of mental health systems and realize that a mentally healthy society is less likely to produce mentally unhealthy people"