PTSD is characterized by a range of symptoms that can be grouped into four main categories:
Re-experiencing Symptoms: People with PTSD often have intrusive thoughts or memories of the traumatic event. These can come in the form of distressing nightmares or flashbacks, where you feel like you’re reliving the event. These thoughts and memories can be triggered by things in your daily life that remind you of the trauma.
Avoidance and Numbing: Individuals with PTSD often go to great lengths to avoid anything that reminds them of the traumatic event. This can include avoiding places, people, or activities that may trigger distressing memories. They may also become emotionally numb, feeling detached from loved ones or losing interest in things they once enjoyed.
Negative Changes in Thoughts and Mood: PTSD can lead to a shift in how you think and feel about yourself and others. You might experience persistent negative thoughts about yourself, others, or the world in general. Guilt, shame, and a sense of isolation are common. It can also lead to difficulties in memory, concentration, and feelings of detachment from others.
Arousal and Reactivity: This category involves an increased state of alertness or arousal. You may have trouble sleeping, become easily startled, or have angry outbursts. These symptoms can make it hard to relax or feel safe.
It’s important to understand that PTSD can affect different people in different ways, and symptoms may vary in intensity and duration. Some people may develop PTSD shortly after a traumatic event, while for others, it may take months or even years to appear.
The good news is that PTSD is a treatable condition. There are various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy, which can help you manage and alleviate your symptoms. Medications can also be useful in some cases, particularly if you’re experiencing severe anxiety or depression as a result of your PTSD. With multiple locations and telehealth options we can provide the necessary guidance and support near you.
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