Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common problem for many people in this society. Nearly 7.7 million Americans have the symptoms of PTSD at any given time. Many of the PTSD sufferers have never been in an actual war zone, but PTSD has no borders. Traumatic experiences and its devastating aftereffects can happen anywhere, sometimes in the most unlikely places, e.g., in your own home or with someone you know and trust.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
How do you know if you are experiencing PTSD? What are the common signs and symptoms? These symptoms often resemble other psychiatric diagnoses. It is important to consult with a professional counselor, psychotherapist or physician to get an accurate diagnosis and receive appropriate treatment.
· easily startled, jittery, or a sense of being “on guard”
· feeling detached and distant from people, numb, and unable to be affectionate
· sleep problems, nightmares, sexual problems, or an inability to relax
· depression and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
· feeling irritable, easily angered, more aggressive than before, even violent
· difficulties with working or socializing
· flashbacks or intrusive images (sounds, smells, feelings reminiscent of the traumatic event)
· reliving the event for moments or even hours
· avoiding places and situations that bring back memories of the trauma
· survivor guilt: feeling guilty that others have died and you have lived
If you or someone close to you is exhibiting 3 or more of the above symptoms, that may be a sign of PTSD. Contact a local psychotherapist or physician who has training and knowledge in dealing with this overwhelming problem to get an accurate diagnosis, to rule out other diseases or brain disorders that may exhibit similar symptoms. Work with a qualified and experienced body psychotherapist (someone skilled in working with mind/body interactions, someone who can help you to express, release and overcome traumatic memories). There is a life after PTSD. Go for it.