Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-traumatic stress occurs when a life-threatening or otherwise traumatic event is experienced and a person continues to experience the fall-out long after the event. Today there are many kinds of treatment specifically designed to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress. EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing), certain forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and medication are examples. Recently the government has funded further research for a new medical treatment that has so far proven moderately successful for the treatment of PTSD. It’s called Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (DTMS). This is a medical procedure currently successfully being used in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Re-experiencing symptoms: Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating. Bad dreams. …
  • Avoidance symptoms: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience. Feeling emotionally numb. …

Being easily startled.