When most of us think about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), soldiers and first-responders usually become top-of-mind. Today, @OntariosDoctors looks at PSTD and how it affects others that have had traumatic experiences.
The truth is, anyone who has experienced a trauma can experience PTSD with symptoms including vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or thoughts of the event that seem to come from nowhere.
Anywhere from 6% to 9% of people who experience a traumatic event will experience PTSD afterward. The proportion is higher among Canadian soldiers who have deployed overseas, with Dr. Jetly’s colleagues, Dr. Mark Zamorski and David Boulos, placing the range of post-deployment PTSD cases somewhere between 8% and 20%.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, PTSD is usually treated via counselling, medication or support groups.
One exciting method, Dr. Jetly says, is a high-tech approach to exposure therapy. This method sees the therapist employ virtual-reality computer software to place the PTSD-affected subject in an environment similar to what caused the trauma in the first place.
The National Post has more on PTSD.