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About PTSD Symptoms

PTSD has four types of symptoms.

About PTSD: Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing)

Memories of the trauma can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. You may have nightmares or feel like you’re going through it again. This is called a flashback. Sometimes there is a trigger—a sound or sight that causes you to relive the event. Seeing someone who reminds you of the trauma may bring back memories of the event. You may think about the trauma at work or school when you need to concentrate on something else.

About PTSD: 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. You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.• If you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed, you may avoid driving.• Some people may keep very busy or avoid seeking help. This keeps them from having to think or talk about the event.

About PTSD: Feeling numb

You may find it hard to express your feelings. This is another way to avoid memories. It may also be hard to remember or talk about parts of the trauma. You may find it hard to experience your emotions. You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships. You may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy, like spending time with family and friends.

About PTSD: Feeling keyed up (also called hyper-arousal)

You may be jittery, or always on the alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyper-arousal. You may want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room. A loud noise can startle you easily. If someone bumps into you, you might fly into a rage.

About PTSD: Other Problems 

People with PTSD may feel hopelessness, shame, or despair. Employment and relationship problems are also common. Depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug use often occur at the same time as PTSD. In many cases, the PTSD treatments will help these other disorders, because the problems are often related and the coping skills you learn work for all of them. 

How Likely Is a Person to Develop PTSD after a Trauma?

How likely you are to get PTSD can depend on things like: How intense the trauma was or how long it lasted; if you lost someone you were close to or if you were hurt; how close you were to the event; how strong your reaction was; how much you felt in control of events; how much help and support you got after the event.  Some groups of people may be more likely than others to develop PTSD. You are more likely to develop PTSD if you: are female or a minority; have little education; had an earlier life-threatening event or trauma; have another mental health problem such as depression or anxiety; have family members who have had mental health problems; have little support from family and friends; or have had other recent, stressful life changes.

If you or a loved one is showing debilitating signs of any anxiety disorder, including PTSD, for more than one month, you should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan that can result in recovery and PTSD transformation in Memphis, TN.  Treatment for PTSD can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.