How To Identify Symptoms of PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder (more commonly known as PTSD) is a disorder that may develop in people that have experienced a traumatic event.
The hard part is realising that we even have PTSD, and that we need to do something about it.
PTSD is usually diagnosed when someone has experienced a traumatic event and experiences symptoms for at least one month.
When we think of PTSD we often think of war veterans experiencing flashbacks from their time on the battlefield. What we don’t realise is that PTSD can happen to anyone that has experienced a traumatic event.
Speaking from experience, PTSD is not something to be taken lightly.
That’s why I’ve put together a list of 15 symptoms to help you identify if you have PTSD:
1. Flashbacks of the traumatic event
2. Feeling emotionally numb
3. Detachment from family and friends
4. Difficulty sleeping
5. Easily irritated
6. Partaking is self-destructive behaviour (I.e. alcohol and drugs)
7. Nightmares relating to the traumatic event
8. Having negative thoughts about yourself
9. Physiological reactions when reminded of the traumatic event
10. Short term memory loss (may not be able to remember parts of the event)
11. Loss of interest in activities
12. Avoiding people/anything related to the traumatic event
13. Experiencing anxiety and/or depression
14. Difficulty concentrating
15. Feelings of hopelessness
If you can relate to some of these behaviours, please seek medical help.