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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A traumatic event is described as a situation that involves actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence.  You may have directly experienced the event, witnessed the event, or the event may have occurred to someone close to you.  Some examples include: abuse, a car accident, first responder work, or being attacked.  Sometimes when we experience trauma, we do not process the event and it becomes lodged in our minds and bodies.  This leaves us overwhelmed with painful memories and emotions, and dysregulates our nervous system. 

 

Take inventory of your symptoms.  The following are common symptoms of PTSD: 

 

  • Intrusive memories of the event. 
  • Nightmares related to the event.
  • Flashbacks where you feel the event is reoccurring.
  • Distress at anything that resembles the event.
  • Avoidance of thinking or talking about the event.
  • Avoidance of people, places, objects, or situations that resemble the event.
  • Memory loss about the event.
  • Negative beliefs about oneself, others or the world.
  • Loss of interest in formerly interesting activities.
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions (i.e. happiness, satisfaction, loving feelings).
  • Increased irritability. 
  • Hyper-vigilance – a state of hyper-alertness. 
  • Easily startled and an exaggerated startle response. -Difficulty with concentration. 
  • Sleep difficulties (i.e. difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or early morning wakening).