According to the National Center for PTSD, eight percent of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. And, it doesn’t discriminate. PTSD can happen to anyone – at any age – as a result of experiencing an extremely stressful or dangerous event including war, physical or sexual assault, prolonged emotional abuse, a car accident or a natural disaster.
While it is normal to react to painful events in life with feelings of anger, nervousness, fear, or even guilt, PTSD is characterized by symptoms so severe that they substantially interfere with your everyday routine such as going to work, maintaining personal relationships and even simple tasks like grocery shopping.
Given the fact that the symptoms of PTSD can mirror many other common behavioral disorders including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder, it is important to consult a mental health professional in order to get an accurate diagnosis.
Though, there are several characteristics that are unique to PTSD. If you are currently experiencing some of all of the symptoms listed below, contact a local facility that specializes in diagnosing and treating behavioral health disorders.
- Reliving the event
If you do have PTSD, you may repeatedly relive unpleasant memories or flashbacks about the traumatic event. In these situations, you may start to experience the same feelings and negative emotions that you felt during the initial trauma.
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the traumatic event.
You may find yourself consciously avoiding situations that remind you of your previous traumatic event. For example, if you suffered a traumatic experience like a car crash, you may find yourself avoiding places that trigger traumatic memories of the original event.
- Finding it hard to own and express your feelings.
Individuals with PTSD often find it hard to express interest in activities that they once found enjoyable. At times, they might find it hard to communicate their feelings to others and may seem emotionally distant.
- Constantly looking out for danger around you.
One of the most profound symptoms of PTSD is a sense of impending doom. Those suffering from the disorder often find themselves in a constant state of “high alert” – searching for signs of danger in their environment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can severely disrupt the life of those suffering from the condition and those around them. If you, or someone you love may be suffering from PTSD, contact an experienced behavioral health provider for help.
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