Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in some individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. This could be as a result from an accident, a natural disaster, a crime committed against them, or even something that hasn’t happened directly to them but has caused them distress, such as the sudden death of a loved one. Some people develop PTSD and some don’t – what truly matters is that the individual is able to heal and more forward with their life. There are many factors that can influence the severity and length of PTSD, however; understanding these factors could provide insight into one’s own experiences.
A 2015 study published in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy sought to explore the very factors that qualify an event as traumatic. The study reviewed the differences between direct trauma, such as experiencing or witnessing trauma firsthand, versus indirect trauma, such as learning about a traumatic incidence through a secondary source. The researchers reviewed previous literature as it related to trauma experienced and identified several criteria for PTSD: exposure and proximity.
Exposure – Researchers found that will indirect exposure to a traumatic event can lead to symptoms of PTSD, the chances of this occurring are much less than that of direct exposure.
Proximity – Researchers found that the closer a person is to a traumatic event, the more likely they are to experience more severe symptoms of PTSD. This is primarily related only to direct exposure, however.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, take into consideration both exposure and proximity. Were you directly exposed? How far away from the incident were you? Both of these could certainly have an effect on your PTSD symptoms because the more directly involved you are with a traumatic event, the more your mind and body are involved, which directly affects all of your senses and systems of functioning. If you’ve been struggling with PTSD, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to seek the help you need today.
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