How Can Past Trauma Affect The Present?

7.5% of Indians suffers from major and minor mental disorders that require expert intervention. This also includes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Let us now understand more about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A disturbed childhood. A brutal assault. A car accident. If anyone has faced these events in the past, this could be traumatic and affect the present life. These are all the examples of traumatic events that are, in psychological terms, the incidents that make you believe that you're in danger of getting injured or losing your life.


According to the research scientist of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, these traumatic events can trigger emotional and physical emotions that can further make your health and well-being deteriorated and prone to different health problems, including heart ailments, stress, anxiety, etc.


Understanding Trauma

Traumatic events include every incident that has made a huge impact on your mind, which has scared you and lost your confidence. It can be anything, including an accident, a sexual assault, an abusive relationship, a disturbed childhood, any prolonged illness or even a life-threatening disease.


People who have undergone any traumatic event usually have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is one kind of psychiatric condition that keeps a person in a state of shock for a long time. And due to this, the person takes more than usual time to recover and come out of the trauma. It is more common in women. The risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder goes up with the number of these experiences.


How do people respond to traumatic events?

People respond to traumatic events in different ways. Although there are no such visible signs, people may have strong emotional reactions. People may behave

  • irritable

  • anxious

  • nervous

  • angry and depressed

Flashbacks or repeated memories of the event are common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, difficulty in concentration, mood change, insomnia, isolation from social gatherings is also few common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


How can you manage Traumatic Stress?

Several ways can be adopted to manage traumatic stress. Some of the ways are listed below:

  • Speak to friends and family about your feelings and stress.

  • Give yourself some time to cope with that unfateful event because there is something in life beyond control. These events in life take some time to heal completely.

  • Follow a structured routine in your day. Eat your meals on your time, exercise daily and meditate daily.

  • Spend some quality time with your friends to have light and fun-filled moments.


You should seek professional help if you see that basic remedies are not working and symptoms are getting prolonged.


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