Do you know what causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? People know that military combat can cause PTSD but there are other events in one’s life that could cause you to experience PTSD. Sexual abuse, assault, domestic violence, transportation accidents. PTSD can be different based on racial and ethnic minorities, such as; Holocaust survivors. Discrimination and racism can cause distress and negative life outcomes. PTSD is also different with gender. Woman are more than twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. The difference may be partly due to woman experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence.
PTSD can cause re-experiencing symptoms called flashbacks. Flashbacks are when a person feels or acts as if the trauma is recurring. Other symptom of PTSD can be nightmares, Insomnia, reckless or self-destructive behaviors, difficulty concentrating, feeing on edge, inability to remember an important detail of the event, lack of passion for previously enjoyed activities and/or feeling detached from other people. These issues are complicated and may cause a person not to seek therapy. You may be isolating yourself from loved ones, and/or avoid treatment resources. There is no shame in seeking help.