1. Who should I
consult for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A primary care physician has to be
consulted initially followed by a licensed mental health professional who can
help with the right form of treatment for your
2. Is PTSD a type of anxiety
Yes it is but it can also be coupled with
other anxiety disorders and depression.3. Is PTSD
considered a mood disorder?
Yes. It can also be
called a type of mood disorder as symptoms of PTSD include feeling negative,
emotionally numb and not wanting to take part in activities they once enjoyed.
Also, it occurs along with depression which is a mood
disorder.4. What are the resilience factors that
may reduce the risk of PTSD?
Seeking family and
friends support or a support group after the traumatic event, feeling good about
the action and responding effectively in the face of danger and coping well with
the event and learning from it are resilience factors that can reduce the risk
of PTSD.5. What are the common resilient practices
shown by people when faced with stress?
what cannot be changed, being optimistic and facing the fear, learning from role
models, staying physically and mentally fit and seeking social / religious
/spiritual support are some of the practices shown by
people.6. Is it necessary to
seek medical care?
Like any other mental illness,
victims resist and delay when they have to seek medical help. Some victims are
able to bounce back without medical help. When symptoms persist for more than a
month (irrespective of when they start) and affect day to day functioning, it is
time to get medical help. The victim is the best judge of the situation but
close friends and family must monitor the symptoms and urge the victim to seek
medical help when they notice the symptoms getting
worse.7. How long does it take to get better with
With treatment, symptoms exist for 36
months compared to without treatment when symptoms exist for 64 months. However,
one-third of patients with PTSD never recover
fully.8. What is the Prognosis of
Prognosis depends on rapid, thorough
treatment, social support, not facing the trauma again and absence of other