Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is called a Dual-Diagnosis and can be difficult to treat and live with. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is the body/mind response to a negative life changing experience. Most people have heard about soldiers that come back from war and hear a car backfire and think its gun shot and they literally fall apart. Early childhood abuse can cause PTSD that is felt as an adult. Any event that is more than the mind can handle can bring on PTSD.

Some of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are:

Physical symptoms for no reason are called somatic complaints.
Feelings of shame, despair and hopelessness.
Impulsive or self destructive behavior.
Easily startled or on edge.
Decrease in memory or concentration.
Difficulty controlling emotions.
Sleep problems.
Loud noises can cause uncomfortable responses.

Some people feel the need to self medicate to cover the uncomfortable feelings that PTSD generate. Often it leads to full blown addiction making the diagnosis a dual diagnosis. Dual simply means more than one disorder is going on. Addiction can cover up many disorders or even lead a therapist to believe a disorder is there when it isn’t. In order to effectively treat PTSD the addiction must be addressed first.

I am a victim of early childhood abuse which took place 51 years ago. The feelings have come and gone over the years. For me very loud noises such as a phone ringing close to me or a loud truck or motorcycle makes me fold into myself for a moment. Its a feeling that I almost can not stand. Someone touching me on the shoulder makes me jump.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treated with medication and individual and/or group therapies. It is important to remember that addiction must be dealt with before any disorder can be helped. Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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