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What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known and referred to as PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by either experiencing or witnessing an event that was traumatic, terrifying, life threatening, or threatened serious harm to oneself or a loved one. For example, many veterans report experiencing PTSD symptoms following exposure to combat as did many of the survivors and service individuals involved in the 9/11 attacks. Non-military individuals can experience PTSD as well and the condition can be caused by the witnessing or being involved in a car accident, witnessing or experiencing extreme violence, childhood neglect and physical abuse, sexual assault, experiencing a natural disaster, mugging or robbery, and so on.

Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t develop PTSD – with time and good self-care, they usually get better.  If symptoms persist, however, and the begin to get worse, last for months, or begin to interfere with everyday living, PTSD may exist.

What are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

In many instances PTSD symptoms will start within three months of the traumatic event; however sometimes the symptoms don’t appears until years after the event.  Symptoms often cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. The most common symptoms of PTSD reported include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event.
  • Flashbacks of the traumatic event or reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again.
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event.
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event.
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event.
  • Negative changes in thinking and/or mood that can include negative feelings about yourself or other people, feeling emotionally numb, and/or difficulty maintaining close relationships.
  • Changes in emotional reactions that might include irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior, overwhelming guilt or shame, and self-destructive behavior like drinking too much or driving too fast.

The intensity of symptoms can vary over time.  Some people report experiencing more symptoms when stressed in general while other report only experiencing symptoms when they run into reminders of what they went through.

Other Concerns With PTSD

PTSD can disrupt your whole life: your job, your relationships, your health, and your enjoyment of everyday activities.  Having PTSD can also increase your risk of other mental health problems, such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Issues with drugs or alcohol use
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions

When to Reach Out For Help

If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your health care professional. Get treatment as soon as possible to help prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse.

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Dental Insurance is NOT Required

A dental benefit plan or “dental insurance” is not required to see a dentist.

Can’t get dental insurance coverage through your employer? If not, you may be tempted to skip dental cleanings and other treatments. But good basic care lowers your risk of suffering a major, expensive problem in the future.

There are three ways to approach dental care if you don’t have employer-based coverage – purchase your own private insurance, opt instead for a discount plan or simply pay for services out of pocket as you need them.

Before going coverage-free, carefully review the cost of a dental benefit plan and add up the costs of routine services you and your family would likely need in a year, such as cleanings and x-rays, and compare them to the out-of-pocket costs of dental services in your area.

If you’re a single adult and you’re in good dental health, it may be unlikely that private insurance is worth it, after you do the math. It may make more financial sense to pay out-of-pocket for dental care than to pay a monthly premium.

If you forgo coverage and a problem arises, use your lack of insurance to try to negotiate lower fees with your dentist. Find a dentist you trust, explain to them that you don’t have insurance, and then see if you can work out an agreement for a lower rate on services.

Dental offices help patients make their oral health a priority with treatment plans and payment options: Cash, check, debit card, personal credit card, patient credit agreements, third-party financing plans and/or installments (usually reserved for long-term patients who dentists know well). Ns NeededRegular exams, X-rays and preventive care protect against advanced dental disease, saving individuals pain, dollars and time in the dental chair over the long term.