Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 11 people in their lifetime. It is a psychiatric disorder that occurs when a person experiences a traumatic event either directly or indirectly. With self-care and time, most people get better after a traumatic event. For others, symptoms can worsen and last for months or years, eventually interfering with your daily life, and that is where PTSD develops. Living with PTSD is like living in a constant state of fear, but through clinical research studies and increasing awareness, events offer new hope.
Symptoms of PTSD
What is traumatic for one may not be for another, but that carries no weight when it comes to PTSD. It can be something that was witnessed or physically experienced. Though combat veterans are more widely known for having PTSD, anyone can develop it. Those diagnosed want to get better and don’t understand why they can’t “move past” what happened. Symptoms often present themselves within three months after the event but can appear much later, even years after.
Any effort is hard to muster when your body is tired from the emotional toll and constant hypervigilance from trauma replaying over and over. The flashbacks can make those affected avoid certain places. Some events are so severe; you question everything you thought about yourself and the world.
Other symptoms may include:
- Unwanted upsetting memories, nightmares
- Overly negative thoughts and assumptions about the world
- Feeling isolated
- Increased irritability or aggression
- Heightened startle reaction (feeling jumpy)
PTSD also occurs along with other mental illnesses such as depression and substance abuse.
PTSD Clinical Research
October celebrates Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4-10) and World Mental Health Day on the 10th. The purpose of these events is to raise awareness about mental illnesses and fight the stigmas that prevent so many from getting help. In addition to the various events surrounding each, a part of the efforts raises money for research studies to advance PTSD care. However, these advancements would not be possible without volunteers participating in studies.
When you decide to participate in research studies, you play a vital role in advancing options for mental illnesses like PTSD. Adults with PTSD symptoms due to a traumatic event* in the last ten years may qualify for clinical trials here at Core Clinical. To learn more, call (425) 443-9551, or view study details on our website.
*No VA affiliation*