POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME

June 14th, 2011

When stress breakdown symptoms have been experienced over a period of time in relation to one specific stress, the person may become conditioned to associate the symptoms of breakdown with memories of the stressful situation. Just as a person can be conditioned to associate unpleasant or pleasant memories with odours or sounds, the person who has undergone severe stress may re-experience some of the feelings experienced at the time of the stressful event when these are triggered by stimuli which rekindle memories of the event.Thus, a person who experienced anxiety with the sound of helicopters in a war zone may re-experience some of that anxiety at the sound of a helicopter passing overhead years later. If a person held prisoner in an airplane hijacking experienced stage three symptoms, mention of the event or associations with it might recall the memories of what the breakdown symptoms felt like.Moreover, if the person still has a lot of unresolved feelings and repressed conflicts about this stressful period of his life, then the rekindled feelings might re-introduce those emotional conflicts. This vicious cycle of after-effects can be called the post-traumatic stress syndrome.It is not the aim of this book to deal with the post-traumatic stress syndrome, a complex problem requiring those skills necessary to examine conflicts which have been repressed into the unconscious mind. The correct treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder is by skilled psychotherapy.
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