What Is PTSD?

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a psychological condition that affects a large portion of individuals throughout the United States. Though the symptoms may vary from person to person, it’s important to understand the basics of this illness in order to help not only yourself, but others who it may impact too.

PTSD is classified as an anxiety order. In the past, PTSD has also been known as railway spine, shell shock, battle fatigue, and traumatic war neurosis. Typically, a diagnosis occurs following some sort of traumatic event. This event could be anything from witnessing a death or combat to a natural disaster or accident.

About 5% of men will experience a bout of PTSD at some point in their life, and more than 10% of women will. A recent study suggested that nearly 300,000 soldiers returning from the Afghanistan war will develop PTSD.

Common symptoms of PTSD include numbness, guilt, anger, insomnia, flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, hopelessness, self-destruction, and shame. PTSD can last for days, weeks, or years, depending on its severity. Early intervention and treatment is the key to getting this devastating disorder under control. While there is no medication to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, counseling and therapy can be powerful in helping to ease the symptoms.

In many cases, those who suffer from PTSD begin to self-medicate and self-destruct. If your PTSD diagnosis has lead you to a chemical dependency or has caused your life to unravel, Kinder in the Keys is here to help. We’re a trauma recovery center that specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and chemical dependencies. We are fully vested in your recovery. As a licensed facility, we provide the highest quality of care, ensuring that you have the resources needed to help you heal.

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Author Bio

Dr. Laura Tanzini, DrPh, MA, MFT

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a highly educated and accomplished professional with a background in biology and psychology. She received a BS in Biology from UC Riverside, an MA in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, and a Doctorate in Public Health with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine from Loma Linda University.

Dr. Laura Tanzini is a Board Certified Professional Counselor, Integrative Medicine Clinician, and PTSD Clinician. She has worked in multiple medical hospitals, mental health institutions, and inpatient eating disorder clinics. Also, Dr. Tanzini has written scholarly papers and spoken on various topics related to nutrition, stress, menopause, obesity, depression, anxiety, and human development.