While it is important year round, this month agencies highlight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it affects people daily.
PTSD is a disorder that occurs in people who experience a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. (www.nimh.nih.gov)
While PTSD is normally associated with war Veterans, it can affect a wide variety of people and can be triggered with events like rape, car accidents or the sudden death of loved ones. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. Many people will recover in the days and weeks following the traumatic event. However, for others, their symptoms continue or worsen as the weeks pass. When these symptoms don’t go away over time or seriously affect one’s ability to function, it may be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months. PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or one or more of the other anxiety disorders.
PTSD will affect an estimated 7.8 Americans at some point in their lives and affects an average of 5.2 million adults each year. (http://www.ptsd.ne.gov/what-is-ptsd.html)
Because of the prevalence of this disorder and its disruption of daily life for millions of people, it is important to seek out new treatments. The most popular treatments today are the use of medications, primarily antidepressants, to help with sadness and worry issues associated with PTSD.
Other treatments include psychotherapy, which occurs in one-on-one sections or in group therapy. This can be done through exposure therapy which helps the patient face their fear or cognitive restructuring which helps the patient make sense of what may be causing the disorder. (www.nimh.nih.gov)
Clinical research involving medications or therapy – or even a combination of both – is needed to better treat people with PTSD. The National Center for PTSD encourages participation in PTSD research studies:
Taking part in research studies can be interesting for you and it contributes to helping others by advancing knowledge. For example, you might help researchers better understand:
- trauma and its effects
- how PTSD effects people over time or how it effects different types of people
- which treatments are best for PTSD and related symptoms
- how to decrease risk for PTSD
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, don’t be afraid to reach out! Meridien Research is conducting a PTSD-related research study in our Bradenton location. For more information or to see if you qualify, please contact Meridien Research today at 888-777-8839!