We react to trauma differently, and some people get hit by traumatic events harder than others. The men and women serving in the military come across all manner of situations, most of which leave them shaken for life. For others, the effects fade with time.
When these service men and women experience traumatic experiences frequently, it all turns into a chronic condition which we all know as the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD.
PTSD refers to a psychiatric disorder which occurs after exposure to a traumatic experience. Contrary to what a majority of the population thinks, PTSD affects anyone, not just the soldiers in combat. In case of a serious accident, natural disaster, physical abuse, a life-threatening disease or sexual assault, the victim is likely to suffer from PTSD.
So, in simple, PTSD is the body’s psychological response after experiencing an intense event. It can affect people of all cultures, ages, gender or professions. Therapy from a registered massage therapist may help, but there is more that should be done to manage the condition.
Though there are a lot of discussions about PTSD currently, this condition has been there for as long as civilization. The first instances of PTSD were reported in Ancient Greece and during the American Civil War. Then, it has names such as Soldier’s Heart, Shell Shock, and War Neurosis. It wasn’t until 1980 that the term Post-traumatic Stress Disorder was coined.
Trauma is different for different people, and in most cases, it is personal – what shakes you may feel normal to someone else. Traumatic events that cause the onset of PTSD may be direct or indirect experiences.