Depending on where you are, you might have meet or know someone who has suffered or still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Also, you maybe suffering from this or still suffering from it without knowing, most of the time people think it’s something else not PTSD – lets find out what it is.

Post-Traumatic Stress disorder is anxiety disorder caused by very frighting, stressful or distressing events. People with PTSD sometime relive the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares and may experience the sense of isolation, guilt and irritability. In some cases, they may have trouble sleeping and find it hard to concentrate most of the time. The symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significate impact on the person’s daily activities. Some people think only soldiers and individuals that experienced conflict can suffer from PTSD, that’s a big NO. everyone can suffer from the condition.

For example, people from the North-Eastern of Nigeria are more prone to PTSD than people from North-western Nigeria. I can only imagine the things people from North-Eastern Nigeria are going through particularly those from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Most people in these regions have left their state to surrounding states, some have lost loved ones and other have lost everything – honestly, is time to start looking after each other, assisting these people in any way we can, will go a long way to making their lives better – more on this later.

Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause PTSD. These can include: violent personal assault such as mugging or robbery, sexual assaults among others; serious health problem like can cancer, HIV/AIDS, Disability in some cases, sickle cell disease among other chronic diseases; childbirth experience; and serious road accidents. PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event, or can occurs weeks, months or years after. Someone can start experiencing PTSD when a disturbing event reoccurred, or someone narrated it to them. PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s still unclear why some people developed the condition, and some don’t.

I’ll talk more about PTSD another time. If you’re suffering from this condition please consult someone a family member, friend or health professional. Talking about it with someone has been proven to improve the overall health and reduces nightmares significantly. And if you need a friend or someone to talk to, I’m here.

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