PTSD is a disorder that is associated with traumatizing events, extreme stress situations, and near-death experiences. Who will develop PTSD and why is still unknown. However, for those who already suffer from the disease, the answer to these questions does little good.
Symptoms of PTSD vary in intensity but some of the hallmark symptoms include flashbacks of the event, hyper-vigilance, insomnia, extreme anxiety, uncontrolled thoughts, nightmares, hostility, agitation, irritability, self-destructive behaviors, and isolation. These symptoms are also commonly seen with substance abuse and abuse of substances is common among sufferers of PTSD.
Sleep can be especially difficult between insomnia and nightmares. The eventual lack of sleep causes more problems while trying to cope with symptoms. It doesn’t take long before an individual can feel completely hopeless and helpless.
Those who experience the symptoms of PTSD commonly attempt to dull their symptoms with drugs and alcohol. It is no wonder why people make such choices. Alcohol seems like a great idea in the early morning hours to help get to sleep. Pills might seem like the logical choice to handle constant anxiety and hyper-vigilance.
These attempts at self-medication can create problems just as intense as the ones they were thought to help soothe.
Drug and alcohol addiction often create PTSD as well. People find themselves in situations that they would not normally when actively using and abusing substances.