Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a complex and often debilitating disorder characterized by both physiological and psychological symptoms. Stress is produced by pressure on a system; it is a by-product of change.
Not all stress is harmful, but even an accumulation of ‘good’ stress can result in fatigue and feelings of burn-out.
There are four basic types of stress:
- General Stress
- Cumulative Stress
- Acute/Traumatic/Critical Incident Stress
- PTSD: Severe distress produced only by severe psychological traumatization.
“Good” stress is called eustress; this is normal and to be expected in response to anything including graduations, the birth of a child, marriage, a job promotion. “Bad” stress is called distress; this can be the result of job loss, divorce, toxic relationships, or financial problems.
Trauma is a violent psychological, physical, or spiritual wounding that results in a loss of functioning and sense of identity.
- Physical: an insult to the body’s vital systems that control normal life events.
- Psychological: an insult to the psyche, resulting in emotional distortions and coping obstruction.
- Spiritual: an insult which calls into question one’s standard assurances and convictions about ones’ own worthiness; it also calls into question God’s function and character.
Notice that the primary areas of the brain affected by PTSD are the prefrontal cortex, and the amygdala.
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