Post traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD as it’s more commonly referred to, is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that can affect our mental health. PTSD can occur after surviving or witnessing a physical or sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse, a life-threatening event, including combat, natural disaster, a serious accident, terrorism, violent crime, to name a few.
PTSD can become more prevalent if the sufferer is undergoing heightened periods of stress or anxiety. Even if you don’t suffer from this condition, it is useful to know the symptoms, should you spot them in a friend or relative. People react to trauma in different ways. However, PTSD can torment anyone who has undergone a particularly distressing experience. Take a look at these three surefire ways to spot PTSD.
Re-Imagining The Trauma
Most people think of combat veterans when they hear the words “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” better known as PTSD. However, you don’t have to be a military veteran to struggle with the emotional aftermath of trauma. PTSD affects people from all walks of life
The most disturbing symptom of PTSD is the inability to switch off from the traumatic event that initially triggered the disorder. It is not uncommon to suffer flashbacks of distressing situations. These could come in the form of nightmares, or particular sounds, smells, and sights can trigger a memory. These flashbacks can be sudden, shocking and stop the individual in their tracks. Panic attacks can occur causing memories of the feelings experienced when the trauma ensued
Anxiety and Depression
Sometimes the flashbacks or memories from a traumatic event are so ingrained that they become the sole focus of a suffering individual. Flashbacks can lead to anxiety and depression. Making it incredibly difficult to function like a normal human being. They can become desensitized to what is going on around them. Classic symptoms of depression may kick in.
Examples include, trouble sleeping, not caring about personal hygiene, becoming irritable easily and having no interest in any social life. If your friend is exhibiting these symptoms, stay in touch with them. Be a listening ear when they need your support and just let them know that you are there. Eventually, they will be ready to talk.
After suffering a trauma that turns into a lifelong memory that evolves into PTSD, people can become numb to everything else in their lives. It’s not uncommon for relationships to break down, for sufferers to lose their jobs and to find friendships crumbling. With a lack of desire for anything, individuals can appear numb and cold. This symptom is severe and can lead to suicidal thoughts. It’s vital that you insist on medical intervention to get to the root of the trauma and to empower your friend to manage their PTSD in a more healthily way.
PTSD is a disorder that has no cure, but it can be managed. Many people all over the globe suffer distressing experiences and have to find a way to work through their stresses, anxieties and intense emotions. It is difficult for someone who hasn’t had PTSD to comprehend fully. However, with this guide to help you, you can be there to support anyone you know who is suffering.