After a traumatic experience or a very rough period in life, it’s normal to feel sad, scared, anxious and disconnected. But when those symptoms don’t fade over time, or if you are stuck with constant painful memories, you could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. By seeking treatment from a Behavioral Health Services specialist and developing coping skills, you can overcome PTSD. But the first step is knowing the symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD are obvious: increased anxiety, changes in emotions and having flashbacks of your traumatic experience. But some symptoms are not so obvious. These include:
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Avoiding the area where the trauma occurred or anything that reminds you of it
- Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
- Loss of interest in normal activities or even life in general
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
- Irritability or sudden outbursts of anger
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Physical aches and pains
- Feelings of mistrust
If you suspect that you or a loved one has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, seek help right away. The sooner PTSD is confronted, the easier it is to overcome. Call 888-564-2700 to get helped.