Unexpected or experienced accidents, bereavement, natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Noting that depressive complaints such as unhappiness and pessimism, sleep disturbance, intense anxiety, insecurity, feeling constantly alert to a possible situation, and loss of appetite for more than two weeks, it is necessary to consult a specialist, and emphasize the importance of timely intervention in traumas.
Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Psychiatrist Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu made evaluations about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disease that develops after a traumatic event experienced by the person. There are short-term and long-term symptoms. In the first stage, the person experiences a deep shock, becomes blunt, and may not be able to answer questions. It depends on the extent of the trauma experienced and whether the person was directly or indirectly exposed to the event.” said.
Asst. . Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu said, “The person may experience extreme fear in the symptoms of this trauma. The person can go into shock at the first moment and in the first minute. For example, a dangerous way of escape can be chosen, as seen in earthquakes. For example, jumping out of the window. There may be feelings of helplessness and panic. The person may feel helpless, of course, the fear of death takes hold of the person at that moment. For example, there is a fear that he will lose his life during an earthquake, or that something will collapse on him or injure himself.” he said.
Adverse events can lead to trauma
Stating that the extent of the trauma experienced may change in the following days, depending on the magnitude of the event, for example the severity of the earthquake, where the person caught the event, whether or not he lost a loved one or loved one during or after that event, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu pointed out that some symptoms may occur in people after trauma.
Watch out for these symptoms!
Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu stated that the following symptoms may occur in those who are most severely and worst affected by the traumatic event, “Continuous fear, startle reaction, being affected by the slightest sound, sleep disturbance, decrease in appetite, crying, constantly seeing the moment, talking to the person and someone. symptoms such as reluctance may occur. These symptoms vary from person to person, but these are the most common symptoms. In some people, symptoms may occur, up to and including frequent loss of consciousness.” he said.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder must be treated
Emphasizing that if the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occur, it is absolutely necessary to seek professional help, psychotherapy or a drug therapy-supported therapy, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu emphasized that if the person does not receive professional support despite the symptoms, it will evolve into a situation called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If it lasts longer than two weeks, a specialist should be consulted.
Asst. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu said:
“If these complaints do not subside after a few weeks, depressive complaints such as unhappiness and pessimism, sleep disturbance, intense anxiety, insecurity, feeling constantly alert to a possible situation, loss of appetite, depressive symptoms or startle at the slightest sound, go to work. If the state of reluctance and apathy such as not paying attention to one's strength and withdrawing from life persists, waking up with nightmares from sleep, such symptoms, if psychotherapy for trauma is absolutely necessary, it is necessary to seek support with medication. Because there are regions in the brain where these traumatic experiences are recorded, and the regions are triggered. It can even be triggered by repeated or earthquake-resembling stimuli. Therefore, getting an effective treatment will prevent the person from losing their functions further. It will quickly restore the quality of life to its former level.” said.
Post-traumatic approach is important
Pointing out the importance of approaching the person after trauma, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu said, “What the close circle needs to do is to give the person a sense of trust, to make them feel that they are with them, to take all kinds of security measures if the person has been attacked, to seek medical help immediately if it is a sexual attack, and to make an effort to overcome the negative aspects of the incident. It is necessary to allow him to express his feelings.” said.
Assist. Assoc. Dr. Semra Baripoğlu said that personalized drug treatments, psychotherapies and other biological treatments are applied in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.