Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). By: Amelia Neiger and Emily Houston . According to the National Institute of Mental Health. . .
By: Amelia Neiger and Emily Houston
The PTSD symptoms are grouped into 3 categories:
1. Re-experiencing Symptoms
2. Avoidance Symptoms
3. Hyper-arousal Symptoms
Treatments for PTSD help you deal with the trauma you’ve experienced—not avoid it.
Three months ago, Wendy was in a major car accident. She sustained only minor injuries, but two friends riding in her car were killed. At first, the accident seemed like just a bad dream. Then Wendy started having nightmares about it: waking up in a cold sweat to the sound of crunching metal and breaking glass. Now, the sights and sounds of the accident haunt her all the time. She has trouble sleeping at night, and during the day she feels irritable and on edge. She jumps whenever she hears a siren or screeching tires, and she avoids all TV programs that might show a car chase or accident scene. Wendy also avoids driving whenever possible, and refuses to go anywhere near the site of the crash.
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