PTSD Part 1

Praise the Lord everyone!
In the continued series on stress, the next topic in dealing with stress is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). With the holiday season upon us, it is important that with this illness a lot of issues can trigger this disorder. This is one of a few illnesses that happen because of a traumatic event such as; sexual assault, car accident, war, and natural disaster (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes). 
This is an illness in which you can’t stop remembering. PTSD came to be diagnosed as a mental illness after the Vietnam War. This disorder can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional. To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must have been placed in a situation that has altered your life or threatened your life in some way that puts you at risk of death, serious injury, or sexual violation. This has to be trauma you experienced first hand – not something from the media, pictures, TV, or movies. The severity and type of trauma can be a factor in developing PTSD.
PTSD is an environmental shock that changes your brain; it is unknown if this can be reversed. The most severly affected person may have trouble working, maintaining relationships, and parents may have trouble taking care of their children. If you have been exposed to intense trauma, you are most likely to develop this disorder.
African Americans, when exposed to severe trauma, are more likely to this disorder than whites. If the trauma happened more than once, the risk becomes higher. Sixty percent of men and 50% of women will experience trauma in their lifetime. Eight-eight percent of men and 79% of women have another psychiatric disorder such as major depression. 1.7 million Vietman vets have had PTSD experiences. 
Some examples of people who can experience PTSD include:
  • Refugees who have been through war conditions in their native countries (without treatment)
  • New mothers can develop  this after giving birth, especially if delivery was difficult
  • People who have had heart attacks or have experienced cancer are susceptible
Saints of God, no matter who you are this can happen to you. If something happens that shakes you to the core, You can be strong in the Lord. Here are some scriptures that can keep you during your journey: Psalms 62:8, Psalms 34:18-19, Psalms 23.
Be Blessed