Teachers, unfortunately, are subjected to stressful occurrences at school. School shootings (or threats), violent kids, hostile parents, bullying administration, the loss of a student or staff member, and toxic work environments are just a few of the scenarios that can cause PTSD in teachers. Symptoms include anxiety attacks, depression, irritability, insomnia, intense emotions, and difficultly concentrating.
While teaching is not considered an inherently dangerous profession, there are times when it is necessary for teachers to deal with extremely stressful situations. Teachers who experience these situations frequently are at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While teaching, you will likely encounter violence, death, cruelty, and other negative events. If these experiences are too much for you to handle alone, seek help from your supervisor or another teacher coach.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Traumatic experiences that might trigger PTSD include serious accidents, natural disasters, the loss of a loved one, terrorist acts, war and conflict, and assault. Symptoms include anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, insomnia, rage reactions, fear, guilt, memory problems, and difficulty with concentration.
The diagnosis of PTSD requires that three different symptoms occur within one month apart. These symptoms must cause significant psychological distress or impairment in your daily life.
It is possible to develop PTSD after experiencing a very traumatic event, such as finding out that your child has been killed in a car accident. If you are unable to cope with the stress of this incident by using healthy coping methods such as talking with others who have gone through similar situations, seeking professional help, and/or taking an extended leave of absence, then you may develop PTSD.
After your child is killed, it is normal to experience intense feelings of grief and despair. However, if you continue to suffer from nightmares, feel anxious when thinking about your child's death, or find it difficult to sleep or eat properly, you should see a mental health professional so that you can be given a diagnosis of PTSD and appropriate treatment.
War, crime, fire, accident, the loss of a loved one, or any sort of abuse are examples of experiences that might provoke post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even after the threat has passed, thoughts and memories resurface. These thoughts and feelings are called flashbacks.
People who have experienced trauma are at risk for developing psychological problems such as PTSD. Risk factors include being young when exposed to the trauma, having a prior history of mental health issues, and/or experiencing a severe traumatic event.
The most common symptoms of PTSD are:
Re-experiencing the trauma memory. This may be seen in the form of intrusive images, nightmares, or flashbacks. These emotions may cause someone to feel anxious or afraid even when they are not triggering situations.
Avoiding stimuli that recall the trauma memory. This may mean avoiding places that remind you of what happened or people who could potentially re-traumatize you.
Hyperarousal. This means that you feel constantly on edge due to fears that something bad is about to happen. You may also have trouble sleeping or eating properly.
Impact. This refers to the lasting negative effects that the trauma has had on your life. Problems at work or school, substance abuse, and poor social skills are all examples of impact symptoms.
Many factors influence whether or whether a person gets PTSD after witnessing a traumatic incident. Some of these elements are present before to the trauma, while others become essential during and after the trauma. Exposure to harmful events or traumas is one risk factor that may enhance the probability of getting PTSD. There are two types of exposure: direct physical exposure to the traumatic event itself and indirect or psychological exposure, such as watching someone else being attacked.
PTSD can also be triggered by similar situations that involve reminders of the trauma. These reminders can be actual experiences or just thoughts about them. For example, someone who was severely injured in an accident might suffer flashbacks or anxiety attacks if they see another car crash on the news. Reminders can also come in the form of hearing stories or reading accounts of other people's experiences with trauma.
Finally, some people are more likely to get PTSD if they have preexisting mental health problems. If you have depression or another mental illness, it is not your fault if you develop PTSD. Mental illnesses do not cause trauma; they just make you more vulnerable to its effects. People with PTSD often experience symptoms like panic attacks, insomnia, intense feelings of fear, anger, or guilt, and difficulties concentrating or making decisions.
PTSD is underreported and underrecognized. It is common following major disasters or accidents when many people are affected by the same trauma.
Children who endure early childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect are more likely to develop deep and long-lasting mental health problems in adulthood, such as "complex PTSD," according to research. Mental health professionals call this type of trauma exposure without proper protection an individual's "risk factor" for developing future symptoms. Although no one is immune to trauma, someone who has been through a lot of stressors during their formative years is at greater risk of having emotional issues later in life.
The presence of a past trauma does not necessarily mean that a person will develop PTSD. However, if a person was deeply affected by a single incident or series of incidents, they may experience symptoms beyond normal grief or distress.
PTSD can also be caused by other factors unrelated to early trauma, such as seeing a friend die or experiencing a violent crime. If a person believes that they were responsible for the death or injury of another human being, this could cause them to suffer from PTSD as well.
People who have PTSD often feel intense fear, helplessness, or horror after experiencing a traumatic event. This can lead them to engage in dangerous or harmful behaviors to try and prevent further pain. For example, someone who fears for their safety might use alcohol or drugs to numb out or forget about their situation.