Effects of PTSD on Physical Health

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Effects of PTSD on Physical HealthPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a physical and psychological condition that occurs when a person is exposed to the following types of trauma:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Battlefield or combat violence
  • Proximity to an explosion
  • A violent crime
  • Sexual assault or harassment
  • Concussion or other traumatic brain injury
  • Bullying
  • A disaster, such as a fire, earthquake, flood, hurricane or tsunami

These types of emotionally intense experiences can over-run a person’s ability to process them effectively. Like a surge protector shutting down to protect a computer, the brain partially shuts down during trauma to avoid a nervous breakdown. Emotions such as fear, grief, panic or rage remain “stored” in the brain until the individual is allowed to process them completely. Without treatment, some victims of PTSD suffer for years, decades or the rest of their lives.

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD negatively impacts both emotional and physical health. Emotional symptoms include depression, anxiety disorders, nightmares and flashbacks. The following physical symptoms are also possible:

  • Chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux and cramping
  • Migraine headaches
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Compromised immune system

Another of the most common effects of PTSD is substance abuse. Many sufferers turn to alcohol or drug abuse as a means of self-medicating the emotional and physical pain they are experiencing. PTSD-related substance abuse can cause significant deterioration of both physical and psychological health.

Effective PTSD Treatment Options

Great advances have been made in recent years regarding the treatment of PTSD. New and improved forms of strategic counseling combined with coping skill development and medical care can help patients experience their pent up emotions and manage symptoms more effectively in the future. The most effective PTSD treatment centers develop unique treatment programs for each patient that are designed to address the unique and specific challenge each individual faces. Patients who have developed addictions as a result of PTSD will also receive specialized detox and rehabilitation treatment that is fully integrated into their overall therapy. These programs are available in both inpatient and outpatient formats, and a qualified mental health professional will help patients determine which type of program is right for them.

24 Hour PTSD Helpline

If you suffer from PTSD and it is impacting your physical and emotional health, please call our toll-free helpline right away. Admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day with confidential and highly effective help and advice. If left untreated PTSD can devastate your life. Don’t let the trauma you experienced continue to victimize you. Call now and let us help you find the healing you need.