PTSD signs and symptoms

Dec 25, 17 PTSD signs and symptoms

PTSD signs and symptoms

As we celebrate the holidays, we should take time to be thankful and give to others who are in need. Especially those that may be struggling with trauma and suffering from PTSD. It’s important to be able to recognize PTSD signs and symptoms.

The National Institute of Mental Health NIMH) describes PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a disorder “that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.” This disorder is not limited to combat related trauma or physically traumatic experiences but could also be sudden dramatic changes in a person’s life such as the untimely or violent death of a loved one. NIMH goes on to say

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

If you think a loved one, or you, may be suffering from PTSD it is important to get help. There are several related PTSD signs and symptoms. In a recent publication, The National Center for PTSD provided a list of what to look for:

  • Having experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding people, places, or things
  • Being constantly on the lookout for threats (hypervigilence)
  • Getting startled easily
  • Depression or irritability
  • Chronic pain
  • Feeling panicked
  • Symptoms that last longer than a month

Click here to read the full article. Visit the PTSD and the Military or Urban PTSD forums for related topics. Share your stories and experiences.



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External Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Center for PTSD

US Department of Veterans Affairs

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