PTSD is a major disorder that affects a great deal of people across the country. Some of these people may not even be aware that they are experiencing the pitfalls of the disorder, as it can often times be masked by denial.
Many people may have the misconception that PTSD is a one-dimensional disorder that is generally a result of just a few different occurrences, the truth is that it has many causes and many different reactions.
Types of PTSD
The following are types of PSD:
- Normal Stress Response: Normal Stress Response most commonly occurs in adults who have essentially lived unscathed lives up until experiencing a traumatic event. These kinds of events can include abandonment, emotional disconnect, and/or unreasonable amounts of tension and stress. For this kind of PTSD, individual therapy sessions are often helpful, however group sessions tend to be more beneficial as the support gained from others can be the most crucial part of recovery.
- Acute Stress Disorder: Acute Stress Disorder occurs when a person or persons are exposed to an event that threatens their lives and well-being. Instances such as major storms, loss of a loved one, unemployment, and risk of death are all associated with Acute Stress Disorder. A much more complex treatment is offered for this type of PTSD, where individual therapy, medication, and removal from the places that serve as reminders for the victim of their trauma.
- Uncomplicated PTSD: Uncomplicated PTSD is present in people who are continually exposed to traumatic events. The result of this exposure leaves the person finding ways to avoid what has occurred through denial, often leading to blocking others out emotionally and detaching from people and situations.
- Comorbid PTSD: Comorbid PTSD occurs in many people, and it often viewed as one of the most common types of PTSD. This type occurs in people who already have an existing mental condition that is invasive enough in their lives that it causes trauma. While this sounds complex in terms of how the PTSD is developed, it is rather common and has a standard treatment that is successful: treat both the mental disorder and PTSD at the same time as opposed to individually.
- Complex PTSD: Complex PTSD is another highly common type of this disorder, as it occurs in people who have been exposed to traumatic experiences over a longer period of time. This can include going to war or being sexually, physically, or emotionally abused. This kind of PTSD promotes anxiety, anger, depression, and poor behavior as a result of the trauma the person has endured. The treatment available for this type of PTSD is known to be more time-intensive, as those treating the person will be helping him develop new behavioral and coping skills.
Most people battling a trauma disorder can be unaware that there are different types of PTSD, all with specific styles of treatment. The best and most important way to stay healthy after experiencing a traumatic event is to seek help through a therapist or support group.