Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event. There are more than 3 million cases of PTSD in the U.S. each year. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most people will go through a traumatic event at some time in their lives. Stress reactions are normal after such events. But sometimes such experiences lead to posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Traumatic events can produce several reactions. Some people have upsetting memories or thoughts. They might have trouble sleeping, or they might feel irritable or anxious.

There are four types of PTSD symptoms. People with PTSD have at least some of each type. Symptoms might include

Reliving the traumatic event.

Avoiding any thoughts or feelings about the event.

Having bad feelings about yourself or the world, and

Having trouble sleeping or concentrating.

If you think that you or someone you care about may have PTSD, talk to your doctor. There are effective treatments. If your doctor thinks you have PTSD, he or she might prescribe medication to help with the symptoms. He or she also might refer you to a mental health professional for psychotherapy or medication. Many people find that a combination of both is helpful.

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