After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
There are four types of PTSD symptoms
Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms) – Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example: nightmares and flashbacks.
Avoiding situations that remind you of the event – You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. For Example: Avoiding crowds, driving, and etc
Negative changes in beliefs and feelings – The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma.
Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal) – You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyperarousal.
PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event. But for some people, they may not happen until months or years after the trauma. Symptoms may come and go over many years. So, you should keep track of your symptoms and talk to someone you trust about them.
If you have symptoms that last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or disrupt your work or home life, you probably have PTSD. Call NewPath Group today to speak with a therapist about your symptoms.