The latest book in the Naked Facts series is now up for sale on Amazon! In it, we explore Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and look at the history, treatments, research, and current expert opinions on this widespread, but little-understood condition. We want people to understand not just individual issues or numbers, but to have the context and scientific landscape in focus around the subject to really understand how it relates to them and their concerns. So here's a quick landscape of PTSD, what it is, who gets it, and how we look at treatment. We'll be diving more into each of these areas in frequent new posts, along with other science and medicine news.
PTSD is the term is used by the mental health community to describe long-term negative reactions to events so stressful or shocking that they cause ongoing negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors long after the events are over. Events like theses are called traumas, or traumatic events. PTSD sufferers can experience unwanted memories, dreams, or flashbacks. Memories and events too painful to process can leave sufferers in a permanently scared or alert mental state that can lead to anger, exhaustion, and depression. PTSD is caused by a traumatic event, and getting the to root of the trauma itself is often the focus of therapy. Other therapies focus on managing the symptoms – easing anxiety, helping with sleep, and so on.
PTSD is a widespread condition both in the United States and globally, with around 8% of the US population estimated to suffer from it at some point in their lives. Soldiers, police officers, prisoners, the homeless, and victims of physical or sexual abuse all run a higher risk of developing PTSD, but the condition can happen in anyone who lives through extremely dangerous or terrifying events, or things like natural disasters or seeing someone violently killed.
Much is being learned about how to help sufferers. Both medications and talk therapies exist that are very effective in combating the symptoms of PTSD and addressing the root issues that brought the condition on in the first place. However, there are still some major issues with the current top therapies. While knowledge of what can cause PTSD and how to address it has gotten much better, there are still more questions than answers when it comes to this quiet epidemic.
We'll be posting over the next weeks and months on current issues affecting PTSD sufferers, as well as its history, research, and therapies, all from a big picture, open and honest, scientific perspective. Of course you can support us and learn a whole lot more about any of the subjects we discuss by buying one of our Naked Facts books! We put a lot of time into them and think the series, as it expands, will be accessible and informative in a way everyday people can understand. We envision these books as a great resource for support groups, schools, friends and families that deal with these issues, conditions, or medications.
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