Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect a person’s ability to work, study, perform everyday activities or maintain relationships with family and friends. A person with PTSD can often appear disinterested or detached as they try not to think or feel in order to suppress painful recollections. They may cause the person to isolate themselves from participating in family life or disregard offers of help from the loved ones, which may lead to loved ones feeling ignored or rejected.
It is important to remember that these behaviours are part of the mental illness. It is essential that people with PTSD receives the support from their family and friends, nevertheless the person with PTSD thinking that they may not need help from loved ones.
Also, people with PTSD have higher rates of work absenteeism, a higher number of medical appointments, an increased likelihood of joblessness or underemployment, and difficulty in meeting work-related demands. These outcomes pressures incomes and cashflow, threatening the livelihood of the person.
Treatments for PTSD
There are three major treatments for PTSD, everyone is different and experience PTSD differently. It is important to talk to GP or the mental health practitioner in order to identify the best treatment. PTSD often leads to the onset of other issues, such as depression, or substance use disorder. It is important that the person seeks treatment for all of the illnesses.
- Psychological treatment- Talking therapies
- Physical treatments- Medication
- Exercise, mindfulness and self-help