Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a form of anxiety. It can develop after you experience something traumatic.
PTSD is often thought of as being something that veterans suffer, but anyone can have PTSD. Perhaps you have been in a bad accident or stopped to help at the scene of an accident. You may have been the victim of a rape, an assault or human trafficking. You may have witnessed a shooting or are a survivor. You may have experienced spousal abuse or another kind of domestic violence. You may be a first responder or a healthcare provider caring for covid patients.
When you suffer from PTSD, your memories and experiences filter into your everyday life. They become intrusive and uncontrollable and impact your behavior. It can seem like you're stuck in a trauma loop. The impact of PTSD makes it difficult for you to carry out your daily responsibilities and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Your trauma experience is unique to you. If others were also present at the event, they may have a completely different response.
Some symptoms of PTSD are:
- Repetitive thoughts about the event
- Replay of memories
- Intrusive, unwanted thoughts
- Avoiding certain people or places
- Making an effort to suppress feelings
- Avoid talking about the event
- Negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself
- Negative assumptions about others
- Pervasive anger
- Decreased interest in activities
- Persistent shame, guilt or fear
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Unfortunately, trauma is not rare. According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 8 million adults experience PTSD every year. If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and are suffering from long-lasting symptoms, you are not alone. Suffering from PTSD is not a sign of weakness, your system is responding to a traumatic experience. This response is actually quite normal.
You are still you. Your intense and disturbing thoughts, feelings, and memories do not have to rule your life. You can get back to being yourself and lead a productive, enjoyable life. I have supported many clients through the process of getting their life back on track. I would be happy to support you, too. You deserve to live your life without disturbing thoughts and images popping up without your permission.