Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms are generally fall into the following 4 main categories:
- Flashbacks and dissociative flashbacks
- Fearful thoughts
- Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event.
Arousal and reactivity symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Always being on guard for danger
- Hypersensitivity to possible dangers
- Feeling tense and anxious
Symptoms that affect mood and thinking:
- Inability to remember some aspects of the trauma
- Feeling disconnected from your faith or questioning your belief systems.
- Feelings of detachment and estrangement from others and emotionally and mentally numb.
*PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They may also be triggered by a stressful event. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you may have PTSD.
Do I have PTSD?
PTSD can only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional trained in the use of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
What can I do if I think I have PTSD?
Speak with a mental health professional.
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There are several treatment options for trauma, which include, but are not limited to: Talk Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
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