Scientists have been conducting in depth analysis trying to understand what causes human beings to exhibit different patterns of behavior after experiencing a dramatic and possibly negative event. This kind of behavior has been classified as a condition, one that is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder henceforth referred to as PTSD in this paper. PTSD occurs when a person has undergone through a traumatic event such as a near death experience, rape, involvement in warfare, etc.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is more likely to affect children than adults and females than males. Recent research classifies PTSD as hereditary, predisposing people whose relatives have suffered from PTSD before. People who have in one time in their life experienced a natural disaster and those who have joined the military especially in war-torn countries are also potential threats to suffering from the condition. Stressful events that are not necessarily traumatic could also cause the condition. The condition may also be worsened by drug use.
Research has also proved that there are also factors that could help the victim deal with, or protect one from PTSD. Victims who are at an advanced age are better positioned to deal with it, as are victims who have had good paternal support, and those who have a great perception and positive attitude towards life and those who have faced stressful events before. People who have been raised in functional families are also in a suitable position to manage stressful conditions.
Psychological methods that involve sessions with a psychiatrist have been found to be successful as has been the use of several antibiotics. Physical activity, apart from keeping the body fit, has also been identified as an important therapy, even in children who are encouraged to play. A variety of antidepressants has also been prescribed for most victims of PTSD and chronic stress disorder.
Iribarren .J, Prolo .P, Neagos .N and Chiappelli .F, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Evidence-Based Research for the Third Millennium” Rev of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder UCLA School of Dentistry, Psycho neuroimmunology Group, Inc. and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2001, E1. Print.