Recognizing Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many people living with post traumatic stress disorder hereafter referred to as PTSD don't even know that they are suffering from this, and that there is effective treatment. Many people hear PTSD and think of combat veterans or first responders. That only people who have jobs where their life is threatened or they see a lot of death, abuse, or other disturbing situations can have PTSD.


This is not true, anyone can have PTSD from a multitude of different situations that life has brought to them. People who lived with cold or difficult parents, who did not have their emotional needs met can suffer from PTSD. People who have been in an accident of any kind can have PTSD, and the obvious people who are survivors of physical and or sexual abuse. So since all of us humans are susceptible to PTSD, it would do all of us some good to be more aware of possible symptoms that can be over looked or misdiagnosed.


Common symptoms of PTSD are depression and anxiety, nightmares, experiencing times where it feels like you are reliving the trauma, having times where it feels like you are far away from your physical body because of a situation happening around you, avoiding any places or situations that remind you of trauma, persistent negative beliefs about yourself that are getting in the way of living your life with contentment.


If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the above symptoms there is help! There are many effective therapeutic techniques that can be used to relieve symptoms and process the trauma. A therapist such as myself or others who specialize in the treatment of trauma are available to help you or your loved one. Please reach out if you need help, you do not need to keep suffering!

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