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  • ptsd.pngWhat are the symptoms of PTSD?

    PTSD symptoms often begin soon after the traumatic event, but may not surface until months or years later. Similarly, they may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause great distress, or interfere with work or home life, there is a possibility of PTSD.

    What are the types of PTSD symptoms?

    1. Reliving the event (re-experiencing symptoms): Bad memories of the traumatic event may return at any time. There may be nightmares, or feelings of re-experiencing the event (a flashback). Oftentimes there is a trigger such as viewing a news report of a sexual assault, which may bring back memories of assault for a woman who was raped.

    2. Avoiding situations that remind the client of the event: The client may attempt to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. They may even avoid talking about, or thinking about, the event. For example: A person who was in an earthquake may avoid watching television shows or movies in which there are earthquakes.

    3. Feeling numb: One may find it hard to express their feelings. One may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people, and may stay away from relationships. One may not be interested in activities they used to enjoy.

    4. Feeling keyed up (hyper arousal): One may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. One may have difficulty sleeping, have trouble concentrating, or experience fear for safety, and always feel on-guard.

    What are other common problems?

    People with PTSD oftentimes experience other problems. These may include: Drinking or drug problems, feelings of hopelessness, shame, or despair, employment problems, relationships problems, including divorce and / or violence, and / or physical symptoms.

  • trauma.pngWhat is Trauma?

    Trauma is an extremely distressing experience that causes severe emotional shock, and may have long-lasting psychological effects. Trauma generally leaves one feeling powerless, helpless, and / or paralyzed. It tends to be sudden and overwhelming; it "owns" a person. They cannot think clearly during and after a trauma. At the same time, they are forced to focus their consciousness in an attempt to deal with the event.

    What constitutes trauma?

       • Relational trauma (emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse; living with a narcissistic/borderline partner/family member; loss of a loved one)
       • Medical diagnoses or long-term illness
       • Physical accidents (such as car accidents, falls, etc.)
       • Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.)
       • Violence (victim of a crime, rape, assault, robbery, or witnessing of violence)
       • War (Combat or military experience)

    What are the immediate effects of trauma?

       • Shock, including numbed emotions, questioning of perceptions, and / or memory disturbances.
       • Denial (which helps reduce terror), helplessness, and fear of dying and / or being abandoned.
       • Confusion and disorientation.
       • Numbness.
       • Panic.
       • Dissociation and / or feelings of unreality.
       • Unwanted thoughts: Traumatic memories may intrude on everyday living and in dreams, leaving a person feeling out of control.
       • Trouble sleeping.

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