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Can post traumatic stress disorder lead to suicide?

I'm writing a story. Can post traumatic stress disorder lead to suicide? And if so, what would one act like shortly before the suicide?
The cause of the PTSD for the character is seeing the love of his life brutally murdered in front of him.

There is evidence that traumatic events such as sexual abuse, combat trauma, rape, and domestic violence generally increase a person’s suicide risk. Multiple factors contribute to suicide risk in veterans.

Some of the most common factors are listed below:

male gender

alcohol abuse

family history of suicide

older age

poor social-environmental support (exemplified by

homelessness and unmarried status)

possession of firearms

the presence of medical and psychiatric conditions (including combat-related PTSD) associated with suicide  (+ info)

Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more common in a certain age group?

Is there an age when you are more prone to developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? and why?

These is not really an established age group where post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops. PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood, but research has shown that the median age of onset is around 23 years.

Researches have found that it is more common in migraine sufferers and during adulthood.

However there are certain events where people are more prone to developing PTSD. Whether someone reacts to an event with a post-traumatic stress disorder is largely dependent on the severity of the event, or stressor, itself. Sexual assault, for one, is more likely to produce PTSD than other horrible experiences. The disorder also frequently occurs after violent personal assaults such as rape, mugging, or domestic violence; terrorism; natural or human-caused disasters; and accidents.

For example, some studies have found that PTSD develops in about:

1 in 5 fire-fighters.
1 in 3 teenager survivors of car crashes.
1 in 2 female rape victims.
2 in 3 prisoners of war.

Hope this helps! :)  (+ info)

What is better a better treatment therapy or Medicine for post traumatic stress disorder?

What are the pros and cons for therapy and for medicine when dealing with post traumatic stress disorder?

It depends on where the person is at. If they are experiencing really bad symptoms and a tremendous amount of anxiety you probably want to try medication in conjunction with therapy. The meds will take the edge off and you will be better able to work through the underlying issues. Meds alone will not help much, because you have left the underlying issues unaddressed and they will get worse over time so the meds will become less effective.  (+ info)

How do I deal with sever post traumatic stress disorder?

My husband just retired from the US Army and was diagnosed with sever post traumatic stress disorder. A lot of our soldiers are coming home with this. His mood swings are really, really bad. We have been married for ten years and I love him with all my heart so I won't leave him. I just need to know if anyone can give me some pointers on dealing with this or something that might have worked for them. It is not an easy thing to deal with.

This requires professional help. He needs to talk to a psychologist and begin therapy immediately or it can become worse. You may want to see one as well in order to understand his condition and to talk about the effects it is having on you. This condition is just as hard on loved ones as it is on the person effected. Please remember that he has been through a lot, and seen things most of us can not even imagine.. This is just his brains way of coping. Try not to take it personally. Rely on the support of your family and friends. It will take time but this can be treated successfully. Good luck.  (+ info)

How do i fix myself from post traumatic stress disorder?

if i mentally rehearsed the traumatic scene and took all the stress out on my punch bag all at once could it make me worst? because i tried that once and is was as if i could see and feel things again. it felt amazing, it was like i was normal again.. but after that happened i started drifting deeper into numbness until the point where i could not realize if i was alive or dead... i want to fix myself but i cant go and see anyone.. can you give me any tips that could help me recover by myself please?

thank you.

I'm going through the same thing. Everyone tells me to "just get over it" and it really annoys me. But maybe it IS that simple. Just get over it, even though the pain and memory is still there, just try to busy yourself and live life and move and live beyond your feelings.

I think it's good to honor your feelings and all that, but living too much in your feelings and having your life be affected by it is not a good way of honoring your feelings.  (+ info)

What would be a rhetorical question regarding post-traumatic stress disorder?

i need help thinking of questions that will promote discussion regarding post-traumatic stress disorder, any suggestions?

What events in life merit the stress factor needed to cause PTSD?
Are women more susceptible?

At what age does a child's suseptibility to PTSD begin to
What types of personalities fall victim to pstd the most?
Is there a genetic factor?
What coping mechanisims keep a very suseptle person from falling victim?  (+ info)

How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder in kids?

I have post traumatic stress disorder from child abuse. How do kids deal with this and other information. I also know someone with this that is 8 years old too.

Hi, sorry to hear you have been abused, so have I. I am older now and in time life does get better. You need to get away from the abuse first, you can report it to a school counselor. You can also go to a school counselor or doctor to help you get through it. Has anyone taken yout to a counselor. They can give you ideas for your age to help you deal with the abuse issues. Like reading a funny book or participating in a dance class, writing a journal of how you feel, to let out some of the fear, there are games they play in counseling to help you build your self-esteem and trust. Mostly you need someone professional to guide you and your friend. If this is not possible you can call childrens and families to report the abuse or emergency 911. If you are still being abused you need for it to stop so you can get better...if the abuse has stopped you need an adult counselor who can walk you through the activities and support to help you understand the abuse was not your fault and make a plan to have ready if your ever in danger again. Like someone to call and come get you, emergency 911, pack a bag of stuff so if you have to leave in a hurry your prepared, this being done will help you too. Get some help from the people around you who can help and stay strong, you will get well with time.----my prayers are with you-melissa  (+ info)

Can post traumatic stress disorder symptoms show years after the event that caused them?

I am working on a story, however I was wondering do people sometimes show symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder months or years after what ever caused it happened? In this time can they be completely fine?
Example, they see something that reminds them of what happened and it just crashes them into a depression? Thanks a lot. :)

Yes..... I was severely abused as a child starting when I was 5..... I still have flashbacks and I am 45 now. I have always had flashbacks though - and I have DID so it's a little different than PTSD (though technically I have that too)... Some people repress memories and do not even remember the event for years (or ever).. they can have flashbacks after recovering the memories or they can even have flashbacks without even remembering the event.... a child that was raped but supresses the event, may not remember it but may still become severely depressed or emotional when faced with anything that could connect with the event. PTSD is not necessarily just flashbacks... PTSD can also be a complete lack of emotion concerning an event.... the emotions are just too painful so the mind turns them off completely.... women can talk about a rape in perfect detail and not feel a single emotions about it.... this doesn't usually hold forever and eventually breaks down but this would be an easy way to explain why someone would seem to be fine abotu something for a long time then fall apart about it.  (+ info)

Can people be very shy and quiet because they have Post-traumatic stress disorder?

I am extremely guarded, shy, and quiet. I don't talk that much in classes where I don't know people, I but talk with my close friends. I suffered some psychological trauma in my life and I have post-traumatic stress disorder. I get really nervous in class when I think I might get called on to answer a question. Right now I have an air cast and I'm using crutches and I just hate how people always look at me.

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Does anyone know the name of this condition from post traumatic stress disorder?

A girl at my school said she was raped when she was 7 and she has post traumatic stress disorder from it. She says that when people speak she sees the words above them and so she tries to just look them in the eye. She said that the words are different colors too. I have never heard of such a thing. It sounds surreal or like bull to me. But I don't know. Has anyone heard of this?

Seeing things that aren't there is hallucinating and it is very serious. She may have schizophrenia or psychosis. She needs to see a psychiatrist to get a proper diagnosis.  (+ info)

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