Humans are ingenious. We’ve cured the likes of polio, measles, rubella, and smallpox with vaccines after years of research. So why can’t we cure posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? The answer is complicated because, as with all mental health disorders, PTSD has mysterious causes and so far, only some of its symptoms can be managed. The goal of treating PTSD is to allow – through therapy, education, medicine – affected individuals to return to some level of normalcy.
Anxiety and blood pressure appear to go hand in hand, but the symptoms of anxiety usually only lead to a short-term spike in your blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D. “But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.
When someone is dealing with depression they are often not the only ones who are suffering. Trying to help someone who’s depressed is often a frustrating, confusing experience. You want to see them get better, but at the same time, you don’t want to do anything that might make the situation worse. As a result, interactions can become tense, simply because you’re trying not to make a mistake. And if you do say or do something that’s poorly received, there’s a danger of becoming resentful that your best efforts are not appreciated. So, how to help someone with depression? Mental health professionals suggest you try some of the following methods.
Chronic pain and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have a symbiotic relationship, living in close proximity to one another, often within the mind and body of someone suffering from both. Chronic pain is difficult to diagnose, but some symptoms can be managed effectively with proper treatment. PTSD results after a traumatic event, with the sufferer, often left with injuries or conditions tracked back to the trauma. If chronic pain is diagnosed as being injury-related, such as a spinal injury in a soldier who was harmed by an improvised explosive device, then PTSD may have resulted from the pain as an example.