Monday, June 27, 2011

Everyone reacts to traumatic events differently. About 5 million people who experience or witness a trauma will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Edward Hill talks about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Post-traumatic stress disorder, once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.

PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war or natural disaster.

Symptoms of PTSD usually begin within three months of the event, but may not begin until years later.

Symptoms often are grouped into three categories:

Re-living: People with PTSD repeatedly re-live the ordeal through memories of the trauma.

Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts or situations that may remind them of the trauma.

Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions and problems relating to others.

The goal of treatment is to reduce the emotional and physical symptoms, improve daily functioning and help the person better cope with the event that triggered the disorder.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.