PTSD: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

Early intervention immediately after a traumatic event through support groups, psychotherapy, and certain medications may help prevent PTSD. Rituals, such as prayer or healing ceremonies, may be helpful in relieving stress and other effects of the trauma.

Watch Out

  • Sense of numbness, a lack of feelings in your body
  • Suicidal thoughts

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you
  • Have vivid memories, flashbacks or nightmares       
  • Feel emotionally numb at times
  • Feel irritable
  • Eat more than usual, or use more drink or drugs than usual
  • Feel out of control of your mood
  • Find it more difficult to get on with other people
  • Feel depressed or exhausted

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