Eight Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Not sure if you have PTS or PTSD? Here are eight symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and a resources for treatment.

1. You've experienced trauma

The experience has drastically changed the way you see yourself, others or the world around you... and not in a good way. 

2. It's been over a month and it still feels like it just happened

It feels more like re-living it whenever you think about it. The memory doesn't seem to fade away.

3. You still can't seem to take your mind off of what happened 

You may find yourself daydreaming about the trauma, being reminded of what happened by unrelated details that don't bother anyone else, or having nightmares with similar feelings as your trauma.

4. Negative thoughts and emotions keep coming back over and over 

You find yourself feeling more anxious, suspicious, depressed, angry or withdrawn.  You sometimes find yourself going into a rage or breaking down in tears for no reason at all.  Your friends and family notice that you're not the same person.

5. You avoid feeling emotions related to the trauma by avoiding thinking about what happened

You don't talk about it unless you have been drinking or somehow pushed to your limit.  You steer clear of conversations and otherwise harmless situations that could bring up emotions like sadness, vulnerability, anxiety or fear.

6. You avoid reminders of your trauma 

You avoid people, places and situations that may look, sound, smell or in any way seems related to your trauma.  Still, you can't stop thinking of the trauma and find your world getting smaller and smaller.  Avoidance becomes a full time job.

7. You feel wound-up all the time and can't relax 

You jump at sudden noises and people touching you.  Sometimes you feel like you are going insane because your heart is pounding and you are sweating profusely over nothing. You don't sleep well.

8. You find yourself spending a lot more of your energy on making sure you are safe  

Even so, a lot more situations feel threatening than before - the dangers feel greater.  You hate having people behind you and can't stand crowded unfamiliar places where you can't track everything that is going on.

If you can relate to most of the statements above, you are probably experiencing posttraumatic stress (PTS). Without treatment, PTS can get worse or lead to more problems. Get professionally evaluated, click the button below to seek treatment with me.