So You Think You Have PTSD..... Let's Find Out

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is becoming very well known and often misused. PTSD is a formal diagnosis that we all know doesn't exactly belong to veterans. Anyone can have PTSD, however, and you should be diagnosed by a professional. And before you read on I want to share something with you.

You may meet some of the criteria discussed in this blog, but that does not constitute as you seeing a professional and being diagnosed with PTSD. So what I'm saying is if you are concerned please go see a professional. The information provided on this website is strictly for informational purposes and support. I remember a few years ago I had a sharp pain in my chest and Google told me I was dying. I worried for a week until I finally went to the doctor. I'm trying to save you the trouble before you even get started.

PTSD is typically present in those who have experienced events in their lives that are considered to be traumatic. Events include:

· Abuse (physical, mental, sexual) as adult/child

· Death of a loved one

· Being injured

· Experiencing life hardships

· Military experience

· Vicarious trauma

The events have already happened, but somehow they continue to haunt our memories. And not just that, but we become easily triggered and sometimes relive the events even if the same harm or outcome is not achieved. Our minds and bodies do not know how to decipher these events sometimes.

The moment you've been waiting for....... some symptoms of PTSD are below:

· Restlessness

· Being easily startled

· Mood swings

· Sudden changes in your pattern of behaviors

· Living as if you're in danger

· Your inner child acting on your behalf

· Poor nutrition

· High levels of depression and anxiety

As stated above those are only some symptoms, and they have to last for specific periods of times in clusters. We either have all had or will experience a traumatic event in our lives but can cope. PTSD stems from incidents that brought harm to the person, and they had no control.

Those with PTSD may have difficulty managing relationships with others and even themselves. PTSD victims and survivors sometimes struggle with negative self-image and worthlessness. From their perspective, the future doesn't look promising even if things are going well. Those with PTSD also feel different from others or that they don't belong. Living with PTSD or any trauma is a daily challenge and more so for others. PTSD should is severe and should be taken as such.

Seek professional help if you feel like I have described you in one blog post.

Helpful resources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355967

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

https://openpathcollective.org/