It's natural for people to feel anxious, sad or scared after they have undergone traumatic or highly stressful experiences. And, naturally, people also recover after some time and start living a normal life again.
However, for some people who experience severe trauma, stress is so excessive that they are unable to move ahead. If you are experiencing ‘short-term stress’ (also called ‘Kortvarig stress’ in the Dutch Language) and having a hard time getting back to your daily routine, then you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Typically, this event threatening or might have given you feel helpless, but almost all very stressful life events can cause PTSD.
It can happen to anyone, even for those who care for the people who underwent the actual trauma, such as their friends and family members. This disorder is common among soldiers, police, and emergency response teams even for disaster.
You will not get more than post-traumatic stress disorder if you constantly try to numb yourself and ignore what you feel. Symptoms of stress will only worsen and may even interfere with your life even more.
In order to get over it, you need to find a treatment that will help you explore your thoughts and emotions about the event. Several treatment options are available for post-traumatic stress disorders that therapy, cognitive-behavioral family therapy and medication.