Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Published 04/24 2014 03:57PM

Updated 04/24 2014 03:59PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop following exposure to events like domestic violence, catastrophic natural disasters, accidents and military action.

It’s characterized by flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of people and certain situations, difficulty concentrating, irritability, an exaggerated startle response and difficulty sleeping.

Major Aaron Decelle, is a retired United States Army Officer who sacrificed and served In the middle east for our freedom and safety. His courage and his loyal duty to our country as a leader have had a significant impact in his life.

"A combination of depression, severe anxiety, really an inability to function on a day to day basis,” Decelle says.

PTSD can affect anyone at any time.

It's a common disorder that may develop either right away or it may be delayed.

Many people do not seek help due to difficulty of disclosure of a stressful event such as rape or combat exposure.

Decelle however decided to take control and take charge of his life.

"Post traumatic stress is real and it's not fun living with,” says Decelle. “I was being treated for anger, alcoholism, and learning how to essential change stuck points related to the traumatic event."

Treatment ranges from observation to trauma focused behavioral therapy and quite often medicines are used which are very effective.

"Where it's paid dividends in my life is I'm able to spend quality time with my children and quality time with people,” says Decelle.

Research has focused on areas of the brain associated with fear processing and memory.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from PTSD, it’s important to realize you are not alone and to seek help to avoid complications such as psychosis, depression or sadly even suicide.

There is hope and there is help.

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