Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder, which has been attributed to traumatic events, which may include rape, accidents, or warfare (Luger, 2010). Some of the signs include disturbing dreams and thoughts in relation to the traumatic events with the victims avoiding any cues related to the traumatic events. These feelings may impact an individual’s thinking patterns which may last for a prolonged period (Luger, 2010). It is important for individuals who have had traumatic events and have these signs to seek medical help as continued distress caused by these negative thoughts may increase the risk for the victims to commit suicide or inflict self-harm (Luger, 2010). The society can play an important role in helping individuals who suffer from PTSD and other stress-related disorders by supporting them in different aspects.
Individuals rely on the community for social support, which is important in helping individuals with PTSD and other stress-related disorders to overcome negative feelings, which may worsen their condition (Comer, 2018). It is important for the community to respect and understand individual with PTSD, which is important in helping them in the recovery process from the traumatic events. The community can form support groups, which are trained on how to engage with individuals with PTSD by listening to them which will guide their decision-making process in developing effective interventions (Comer, 2018). The society can also organize for training and education about PTSD, which will help most of the members of the society in understanding the symptoms and effective interventions to be implemented in helping individuals with PTSD or other stress related disorders (Comer, 2018).
Stress reactions can be prevented from becoming disorders by helping these individuals in moving on from the traumatic event (Luger, 2010). It is important to care for these individuals by making them to feel safe, which will create trust with the individuals. Trust is important in creating effective relationships, which increase openness (Luger, 2010). Openness allows the individuals to share their feelings and frustrations where they can receive support and advice on how to address the negative feelings (Luger, 2010). Strategies to manage stress can also be implemented to help individuals with PTSD in addressing disturbing thoughts and to keep them relaxed, which is important in the recovery process (Luger, 2010).
Comer, R. J. (2018). Abnormal psychology (10th ed.) New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Luger, S. (2010). Flood, Salt, and Sacrifice: Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in Genesis. Jewish Bible Quarterly, 38(2), 124.