PTSD

symptoms: 

  • Feeling upset by things that remind you of what happened
  • Having nightmares, vivid memories, or flashbacks of the event
  • Feeling emotionally cut off from others
  • Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about
  • Becoming depressed
  • Thinking that you are always in danger
  • Feeling anxious, jittery, or irritated
  • Experiencing a sense of panic that something bad is about to happen
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having trouble keeping your mind on one thing
  • Having a hard time relating to and getting along with your spouse, family, or friends

 

Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is when many symptoms persist for weeks or months, or when they are extreme, that professional help may be indicated. On the other hand, if symptoms persist for several months without treatment, then avoidance can become the best available method to cope with the trauma -- and this strategy interferes with seeking professional help. Postponing needed intervention for a year or more, and allowing avoidance defenses to develop, could make this work much more difficult.

 

 

Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling