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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

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Following a traumatizing episode, it is only natural to sense fright, sadness, anxiousness & disconnection. Generally with passage of time, the distress wanes & one gradually begins enjoying life once more. However, at times the ordeal one underwent is so devastating that one is incapable of moving on. One feels trapped with agonizing recollections which don’t die away & an unvarying feeling of peril is felt.

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition arising from a disturbing episode which intimidates a person’s safety or elicits feelings of helplessness.

Majority of the individuals link PTSD with war- blemished fighters & armed forces warfare as being the highly prevalent reason among males – however any overpowering life experiences could set off PTSD, particularly when the events feel impulsive & irrepressible.

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms

The signs & symptoms of PTSD could surface abruptly, eventually or be fleeting in nature. At times, the symptoms surface all of a sudden. During other situations, the symptoms are activated by some aspect reminding the person of the originally occurred traumatizing occurrence like a sound, a picture, particular phrases or odour.

Even though every person would experience PTSD in a different manner, there are trio key kinds of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms

Re-living the traumatizing episode

  • Disturbing, disconcerting recollections of the episode.
  • Flashback occurrences (person acts or feels as though the episode is recurring).
  • Nightmare occurrences (involving the episode or some petrifying aspects).
  • Sensing acute anguish when memory is jogged about the ordeal.
  • Extreme physical responses to aide memoire of the episode (for example thumping heart, swift respiration, feeling nauseous, muscular tensions, perspiration).

Evading aide memoire of the ordeal & going numb

  • Evading any activity, thought or feeling which reminds one of the traumatizing event.
  • Unable to recollect crucial facets of the ordeal.
  • Lost interests in any activity whatsoever & life generally.
  • Sense of detachment from those around & emotional numbness.
  • Feeling an incomplete future – with no expectations of living a usual longevity, enjoying conjugal bliss or having a vocation.

Heightened nervousness & emotional stimulation

  • Problems trying to snooze or to stay slumbering.
  • Tetchiness or outbreaks of fury.
  • Problems trying to concentrate.
  • Being hyper-vigilant or constantly hoisting the red flag.
  • Sense of jumpiness & startling easily.

Other pervasive PTSD symptoms

  • Rage & bad temper.
  • Feeling culpable, disgrace or self-blaming.
  • Substance-abuse.
  • Sense of distrust & feeling betrayed.
  • Feeling depressed & hopeless.
  • Thinking or contemplating suicide.
  • Sense of alienation & loneliness.
  • Physically felt pain & ache.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in kids & adolescents

Among kids, particularly really young ones, PTSD symptoms might differ from those experienced by adults. Kids experience symptoms like:

  • Fearing separation from mother or father.
  • Loss of previously attained skill like toilet-training.
  • Sleeping difficulties & bad dreams sans identifiable substance.
  • Sombre, obsessive play wherein the theme or aspect of the traumatic episode is done again.
  • New-fangled anxiety or phobia which appears disconnected to the traumatic episode like fearing ghouls.
  • Enacting the traumatic event via plays, story-telling or drawing.
  • Inexplicable ache & pain.
  • Irritable behaviour & aggressiveness.
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