Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms can have a big influence on your day-to-day life.
Symptoms usually appear within the first month after a traumatic occurrence. However, in a small percentage of instances, symptoms may not develop for months or even years.
Some people with PTSD go through phases where their symptoms are less obvious, followed by periods where they become more noticeable. Others get severe symptoms on a regular basis.
The symptoms of PTSD vary greatly from person to person, however they often fall into one of the categories listed below.
The most common symptom of PTSD is re-experiencing. When a person unconsciously and intensely re-enacts a traumatic event in the form of:
-sights or experiences that are repeated and distressing
-physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea, or shaking
Some people have negative thoughts about their experience all of the time, and they keep asking themselves questions that keep them from coming to grips with it.
They may, for example, ponder why the event occurred and if they could have done anything to prevent it, leading to feelings of guilt or shame.
Emotional numbing and avoidance
Another sign of PTSD is the attempt to avoid being reminded of the traumatic experience. This frequently entails avoiding certain people or places that bring up memories of the trauma, as well as refusing to talk about it with anyone.
Many persons suffering from PTSD try to forget about the trauma by busy themselves with work or hobbies.
Some people try to avoid feeling anything at all in order to deal with their emotions. Emotional numbing is the term for this. This can cause the individual to become lonely and reclusive, and they may stop participating in things that they once enjoyed.
Hyperarousal (the sensation of being 'on edge')
A person suffering from PTSD may be apprehensive and find it difficult to relax. They may be hyperaware of potential hazards and easily startled. Hyperarousal is the term for this mental condition.
Hyperarousal frequently results in:
-sleeping issues (insomnia)
Many persons who suffer from PTSD also suffer from a variety of additional issues, such as:
-self-harming or harmful behavior – such as drug or alcohol misuse
-other mental health disorders – such as depression, anxiety, or phobias
-headaches, dizziness, chest pains, and stomach aches are some of the other physical symptoms.
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