Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Hello, and welcome to my blog post. My name is Ashley, and for this post I’m going to tell you about PTSD.

What is PTSD? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering from a terrifying or dangerous event that they witnessed or experienced. This condition is very common, with over 3,000,000 US cases per year. PTSD may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma, as well as intense emotional and physical reactions.

A few symptoms of PTSD are trouble sleeping, being easily startled or frightened, always being on guard, irritability, angry outbursts, or aggressive behavior. Some common causes are being in a car crash, being sexually assaulted or raped, being abused, being harassed or bullied, being kidnapped, being held hostage, or anything that can make you fear for your life.

PTSD is typically treated with therapies and medications. Traumatic events can be very difficult to come to terms with, but confronting your feelings and getting professional help is often the only way to effectively treat PTSD. Untreated PTSD can cause permanent damage to the brain due to the person living in a hyper-aroused state. People with PTSD may also have mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorder.

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Meet the Author, Ashley

My name is Ashley. I am a writer. I started writing stories when I was seven years old. They were mostly based on books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries, because those series are books that look like they were written in a diary. So I took a notebook and made my own versions, using my imaginary friends as the characters. I don’t remember when it was, but at some point I started writing actual stories and have been doing so ever since. I wrote my first real story when I was nine. I got the inspiration from a story written by a girl I knew, who was much older than me. That’s how I usually come up with my books. I get inspiration from totally random things. Sometimes it’s a song, or a scenery, or something I watched, or all kinds of things.