Symptoms of PTSD

Are you wondering if you have PTSD? Have you experienced a traumatic event? PTSD untreated suppresses the trauma, many years later the symptoms can come back when a triggering event brings the trauma out. 

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Traumatic shock – disbelief – betrayal
A slow-moving replay of what happened
Always on guard
Your mind works hard to find and feel safe and stable
Experiencing Fear
Experiencing anxiety
Experiencing depression
Anger unlike anything else you have ever had before
Numbing pain
Nightmares – daymares
Reliving the trauma and past
Fog – you don’t know what is going on – you forget everything?
You can’t concentrate
Walking in circles like a zombie
Dissociative reactions
Loss of interest
Flashbacks – triggers everywhere
Increased arousal
Self-destructive or reckless behavior
Exaggerated startle response
Loss of all self esteem
Abandonment wounds are created or amplified
Are you having physical reactions (e.g., heart pounding, trouble breathing, or sweating) when something reminded you of a stressful experience from the past?
Do you avoid activities or situations because they remind you of the past?
Trouble remembering important parts of a stressful experience from the past?
Victims of PTSD report feeling distant or cut off from friends and family?
Feeling emotionally numb or being unable to have loving feelings for those close to you?
Does it feel as if your future will somehow be cut short?
Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
Feeling irritable or having angry outbursts?

Question: It’s been a while, shouldn’t I be over my trauma by now?
Trauma (PTSD), stays inside our brains and while time goes on the effects of the memories can get buried and be triggered without notice.  If untreated the PSTD can reappear at any time and the symptoms can come back. The key is to get started as soon as you want to make a difference in your life.

Question: Is it ever too late to get treatment? I think I forgot most of the details.
Good news, it’s never too late to work on your trauma and PTSD.  Often victims of abuse and trauma didn’t even know they were being abused, so the trauma gets buried and decades separate trauma and treatment. Get to a trauma specialist and look for modalities such as Brainspotting, and EMDR. Digging into trauma takes someone expertly trained, so please check their qualifications.

Question: Shouldn’t I be able to handle this myself?
Often it takes more strength to get help than to struggle to heal alone.  Men are often reluctant to reach out for help, conditioned by our culture to suppress feelings to be vulnerable.  Getting help does not mean that you’re crazy or that you’ll always need help or that you failed in coping alone.

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