I’ve been doing some research into PTSD and how it can effect people and its crazy how strong we are you know, some of us including myself struggled with the symptoms of PSTD having no help for years without it being recognised and addressed. The symptom that still effects me the most is hyper arosual. Always expecting something to happen, always on high alert.
I remember I used to have an irrational fear of my postman coming to my door, because I was scared he was going to bring me more bad news and things to fear. I’ve overcome that, but it is quite startling how it can effect things like that aswell.
We are stronger than we realise, because over the years we’ve developed coping strategies to get through each day. It effects so much and is so stressful especially when its effects so much of your day to day life and its been unidentified.
If you feel you have PTSD after a traumatic event, I recommend getting help ASAP from your doctor.
Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time. Sometimes symptoms appear seemingly out of the blue. At other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell.
While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma
- Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
Symptoms of PTSD: Re-experiencing the traumatic event
- Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
- Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
- Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
Symptoms of PTSD: Avoidance and numbing
- Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
- Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
- Loss of interest in activities and life in general
- Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
- Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
Symptoms of PTSD: Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anger and irritability
- Guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
- Depression and hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Feeling alienated and alone
- Physical aches and pains
I’m going to share tips on how to manage your PTSD.
Let me know if you have any questions you’d like to me answer about anything else and I will at the same time. Lots of Love xXx