PTSD In Relation To Addiction

When people hear of PTSD it oftentimes relates to veterans, as this is what many of them experience post-war. But even so, PTSD-also known as post-traumatic stress disorder-can affect anyone who has experienced something horrific. In fact, it is defined as “a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” That’s why it is quite difficult for those who are faced with such to go through day-to-day life like everyone else, and as a result, some turn to addiction in an attempt to cope with their disorder.

First and foremost, certain signs-and/or symptoms-that one might experience as a victim of PTSD are “irritability, re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks, severe anxiety, and distrust.” However, these are only some (to name a few) as each person’s experience may differ. In turn, to release such tension these individuals may turn to drugs which “increase pleasure, decrease anxiety, and provide a distraction from difficult emotions.” Yet consequently, even though the substance may pose as beneficial in the moment it does more harm than help. The same goes for alcohol as well-not just drugs. 

Fortunately, there are better ways (for those who are faced with PTSD) to overcome-that don’t involve the unhealthy aid of addiction. Treatment can come in many forms such as medication or therapy. When receiving counseling-and/or talking to a medical expert-the individual can then take the next step towards living a happier and healthier life. Through doing so they will no longer have to feel imprisoned by their disorder and addiction, but can instead start working their way towards freedom from both. The health professional can then offer a personalized-and/or individualized style-of care to better fit the individual’s needs, based on whether he/she is amid his/her addiction. 

In conclusion, the traumatic memories that the individual was faced with won’t go away because he/she won’t be able to change what has already happened-and/or change the past-but what he/she can do is move forward from it. Getting treatment as soon as possible, when symptoms of addiction are first present, can allow one to find himself/herself on a much faster road to recovery. It is then that he/she can defeat the root of the problem right at its source, rather than to numb it with substance abuse.

Signs of Technology Addiction

Technology can pose as an advantage to society, but with such benefits come disadvantages as well. For, a number of people use the internet to access resources that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise, such as; the news, and other important information. But, when these simple accesses stem into full fledged addiction, internet may no longer be seen as a friend to them, but rather an enemy. In turn, it is important to know how far is too far, and to always be on the lookout for signs of technology addiction, not only in ourselves, but in those around us, so that action can be taken within the early stages.

First and foremost, technology addiction is defined as, “an impulse control disorder that involves the obsessive use of mobile devices”. Yet, even so, in today’s world we oftentimes struggle to distinguish such, since we surround ourselves, and are surrounded by technology on a daily basis. It is everywhere that we turn. On billboards, on television, etc. And consequently, in response, we find ourselves desensitized to it because we are so used to it just “being there”.

But, when technology is taken away from the life of an individual and he/she finds himself/herself struggling to cope, this may be an issue that he/she needs to take at face value. For, some symptoms of internet addiction are as follows; “feeling preoccupied with the internet by thinking about previous online activity, feeling the need to use the internet excessively to achieve satisfaction, feeling anxious when away from technology, feeling the need to respond immediately to one’s smartphone, etc”. But, these are only a few of the several signs to watch out for, as many others remain.

In conclusion, this form of dependence serves as a great cause for concern, as it is one addiction in particular that can easily slip under the radar. Someone may even poke fun of it by saying that he/she is addicted to the internet because he/she likes/enjoys live streaming. And since technology is now seen as an essential tool, and/or aspect, many may find it hard to displace themselves from their phones, and other devices, and enjoy the day for what it is, rather than from behind a small rectangle screen. As a result, technology addiction can happen to anyone, even those seen as the most strong minded. But, even so, those who are struggling to regain their life back, mustn’t fear talking to someone close, and/or seeking help/treatment because they can overcome.

Where is the Harm in Loving Technology?

harmful technology loveMany people cannot see the harm in overusing technology. They figure that if something was invented to make their lives easier, they should use it without limitation. The underlying problem with this thinking is that it does not consider the health, philosophical or ethical ramifications of technology use. The idea of technology being purely progressive and helpful to our lives is a mislead one. The truth is, overusing technology can have harmful effects on our individual, societal and environmental health.

First of all, overusing technology has a damaging effect on us as individuals, in both a mental and a physical way. We take pleasure in our technology because we feel it creates a path of least resistance for our daily tasks. And as we all know, anything that a person can take pleasure in they can also become addicted to. This is often the case when it comes to our personal technology. Vehicles, cell phones, computers and other devices have all been found to create addictions within people. These addictions can hurt a person’s physical health when they overwhelmingly default to technology to get labor done, and they can hurt a person’s mental health by giving them errant ideas that they are not capable of completing a task without technology.

In a similar way, technology addiction is damaging to our societal consciousness as well. Tasks that people used to complete as part of a team are now completed by some form of technology, such as an assembly line of machines. This makes society dependent on technology and makes our human connections weak. Technology addiction also wreaks havoc on the health of our environment  as only a small percentage of technology is considered sustainable. Most of our technology is still developed under the industrialism ethic of “the more production, the better,” making it focused on quantity instead of quality.