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Recognizing PTSD In Those Around YouPTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a term everyone has heard but perhaps some do not understand what it is or how to recognize it. PTSD is a stress and trauma related disorder that presents with four distinct symptoms. Those affected often come across to others with negative changes in mood and cognitions. They will have avoidance tendencies and intrusion symptoms. They will also have changes in activity and arousal. Knowing how to recognize these symptoms is the first step in getting help to someone with PTSD.
A traumatic event would be an event that terrorized someone and they felt helpless to do anything. The event could be a sexual assault, a car accident, natural disasters, terrorist attacks or any other disaster. In the weeks and months following the event, someone suffering with PTSD will have subtle changes to their behavior and thoughts. There are eight commonly recognized indicators of someone suffering from PTSD.
Those with PTSD will frequently have trouble sleeping. Either they will be unable to fall asleep or they will wake up having nightmares.
PTSD will often cause someone to have anger issues. They will frequently have outbursts of anger and loss of control.
Sufferers from PTSD will typically lose connections with loved ones. They will feel distant and have trouble finding the feelings of caring they once felt about a loved one.
Depression will then set in, causing loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
PTSD sufferers have a difficult time calming down. They feel on guard and hyper vigilant, typically all day and all night long.
Despite not wanting to think about it, a PTSD sufferer will often relive the traumatic event over and over.
Those with PTSD regularly have feelings of doom. They feel like they aren’t safe anywhere.
And finally, suicidal thoughts are frequently on the mind of a PTSD sufferer.
Once you know the signs of PTSD in someone, you can get them the help they need.
N.A. “Recognizing the Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress” PsychologyToday.com (Website). (2015).
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