Overview & Symptoms of PTSD

When an individual goes through a traumatic experience, they can begin to experience symptoms of PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder. This mental disorder can lead to symptoms like flashbacks, which may cause people to have trouble caring for themselves or navigating the world and overcoming challenges and obstacles. It can even interfere with normal day-to-day activities and functioning, leading to a lower quality of life.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PTSD typically begin within a month of experiencing a traumatic event, though there are also times when symptoms appear years later. Symptoms can interrupt life in several ways for individuals, causing further problems. Symptoms are typically grouped into four separate categories:

·    Intrusive memories

·    Avoidance

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·    Negative mood & thought changes

·    Emotional & physical changes in reaction

Let’s go over these categories, which will also be presented to you during the ptsd treatment programs flowood ms professionals provide.

Intrusive Memories

Intrusive memory symptoms can include experiencing things like:

·    Thoughts that are recurrent and distressing related to the event

·    Flashbacks in which the event is relived over and over again

·    Nightmares and upsetting dreams related to the event

·    Emotional or physical distress when situations remind you of the event

Avoidance

Avoidance symptoms of PTSD can include experiencing things like:

·    Avoiding activities, places, and people that make you remember the event

·    Avoidant behavior when faced when talking about or thinking of the event

Negative Mood & Thought Changes

Symptoms under the negative mood and thought changes umbrella may include:

·    Memory issues, including amnesia of part or all of a traumatic event

·    Hopelessness about an individual’s future

·    Emotional numbness

·    Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities

·    Problems maintaining friendships and relationships

Emotional & Physical Changes in Reaction

These changes can include:

·    Being frightened easily

·    Difficulty sleeping

·    Problems concentrating

·    Feelings of guilt or anger

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone else, consider speaking with a professional about treatment options.