What is the National Center for PTSD?
Whether you are aware of it or not, there is something called the National Center for PTSD. That being said, this center is not one where people suffering from the condition can get direct care, referrals or even benefit information. That information might have you wondering what exactly it is that they do. That is what we are going to talk about today.
In the mission statement of the National Center for PTSD the goal of the center is set forth. It states that the mission is to:
“Advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experience trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.”
What the Vision is
Although this center has become the leading educational and research center on PTSD, the vision takes it beyond that. The vision of the center sees it becoming the unequivocal leader in information on trauma and PTSD. The information that is generated through the extensive research that is conducted there and fused with information taken from scientific research that has been published as well as clinical experience is to be distributed efficiently to the field and the world at large.
Alternate Effects of trauma
Trauma can have many effects on the sufferer. PTSD is just one of many of those effects. That might leave you wondering what some of the other effects are. Here are a few:
• Acute Stress Disorder is another effect that trauma can have on people. There is a relationship between PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder
• Trauma and anger has a definite link too. There are three types pf manifestation of anger as related to trauma.
• Anniversaries and reminders of the trauma can bring on an increase of memories of the event that can be rather distressful.
• Avoidance is a version of coping that some people automatically employ. This actually impedes healing because any memory or mention or trigger of the traumatic event is avoided.
• Chronis pain can also be PTSD related.
• Many people have experienced similar stress reactions after trauma. These can be reactions such as shock, denial, guilt or many other stress reactions.
• PTSD is a very strong trigger for depression and many people who suffer from PTSD also end up with depression.
• After a traumatic event, many people who experience the trauma will have recurrent nightmares about the events.
• Alcohol use is also an effect that trauma has on many people. They drink to forget or dim the memories of the event.
• Veterans in particular seem to have a link with substance abuse that is attributed to PTSD and trauma.
• Believe it or not, self-harm is another effect of trauma.
• Sleep disorders can also be attributed to stress or traumatic events.
• One of the saddest effects of trauma and PTSD are suicides.
• There are also brain injuries that result from certain traumas and PTSD
At the National Center for PTSD you can read all about these effects and find out anything else there is to know about PTSD.