A disorder characterised by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic event. Fear triggers many changes in the body.Most people recover from initial symptoms naturally.Those who continue to experience problem with recovery may be diagnosed with POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

The condition may persist for 6 months and may come with triggers that can bring flush back memories of the traumatic event accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions like sweeting,nausea, heart palpitations, anxiety, night mares, avoidant tenacity and many more.

For example, an individual may be involved in a road accident with a close friend or a loved one which may traumatize him or her making the thoughts to be persistent and disturbing when remembered

Others,it maybe due to hearing stories of a traumatic event that may be frightening and persistence to the individual.

People with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) tend to develop a sence of guilt towards a traumatic event they experienced,they may tend to blame themselves for the death,or feel there is something they needed to do in order to save the life of the loved one.

Victims of PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder) develop avoiding symptoms.they may avoid certain places that may remind them of the traumatic event they experienced.

Everyone is different and PTSD affects people differently,so treatments that may work for one person may not work for another,it is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated my a medical practitioner who will know what medicine will suit for the their symptoms.

Mental health is just as serious as physical health.your health matters.

Mapalo mwila is a model, writer, media entrepreneur and a medical student.

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