Effects Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by Psychological Changes in the Brain

People who have been in combat overseas and have been involved in a traumatic or life threatening event often come home with some form of PTSD. Most soldiers will lie and tell people they do not have PTSD that they are fine. For those people who fear the stigma of PTSD following them the rest of their career. Scientific research will show Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by psychological changes in the brain due to a traumatic event. It does not mean something is wrong with them. However, they should see a doctor and see if there are ways to help them though this tough transition.

In order to help our brothers and sisters we must try and understand what Post Traumatic Stress disorder really is. We have to look at what areas of the brain are being affected. There are three regions of your brain that are triggered and change due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder the hippocampus, amygdale, and the medial prefrontal cortex. The region that is affected the most because of trauma is the amygdale. The amygdale is an almond shaped mass of cells located in the temporal lobe of the brain.
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Some soldiers who have been through a traumatic experience are very good at hiding their emotions. This is called wearing a mask. The mask is used when a person pretends to be something they are not, happy on the outside but torn apart on the inside. It’s an uphill battle for those people with PTSD and everyone around them. They have random spurts of rage, they seem bi-polar at times, and they will have nightmares to the point where they scream in their sleep. These guys are the ones everyone needs to look out for. The ones that hide it often have a higher tendency to abuse alcohol or drugs to try and numb their emotions, because they won’t admit they need help. Every year more and more soldiers commit suicide because they think they have nobody to turn

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