You Are Not Crazy: It Might Be PTSD

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is often unrecognized in those who have it, and it affects millions of people.

Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include recurring memories, which can be in flashes, fragments, or partial memory.

Nightmares insomnia, loss of interest in your favorite things, or feeling numb, anger, depression, and irritability are also common.

It is common to avoid anything, anyone, or anywhere that you fear might trigger repressed memories -or events never forgotten- that caused great distress.

Some of the less known symptoms are below:

  • Feeling emotionally cut off from other people, or estranged from others.
  • Thinking that you are always in danger
  • Fear of impending doom
  • Feeling anxious, jittery, or ‘on the edge’
  • Experiencing a sense of panic that something bad is about to happen
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Having trouble keeping your mind on one thing
  • Feeling cold for no reason, or having night sweats, or shaking for no reason
  • Eating disorders
  • Impulsive behavior that is dangerous or harmful
  • Aggression
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Inability to experience positive emotions
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Overwhelming fear for unknown reasons

PTSD_carousel_t770It is common that alcohol or drug abuse, and other self-destructive actions, will begin, or increase during periods in which PTSD is being experienced.

Scattered thoughts, spaciness, forgetfulness, dissociation, and amnesia can also occur.

Familial conflict, or trouble getting along with your spouse or co-workers –conflict that arises out of seemingly benign situations, or an over-reaction to small disagreements is common.

With the current state of the world, PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity –especially by watching news stories, or while reading about a sexual assault, or due to conflict with neighbors or because of money issues.

ptsd-570x200PTSD will increase with stressful situations that would otherwise not have bothered you, or not bothered someone who does not have PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or when there was a serious threat.

Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or unnatural disasters, accidents, or military combat.

Anyone who has experienced, or witnessed, a traumtic life-threatening event can develop PTSD, including military personnel, survivors of accidents, or rape, physical or sexual abuse, and other crimes.

PTSD can occur at any age, including childhood. Women are more likely to develop PTSD.

PTSD is usually diagnosed when the symptoms following exposure to trauma persist for a month or more.

In some people, PTSD will not show itself until years after the trauma occurred.

Symptoms of PTSD can arise years, or decades after a person has been raped, threatened, or sexually abused –especially if they were traumatized during childhood.

Loss of a loved one, a divorce, a new abusive home environment, an abusive employer, getting married, having a baby, or any serious life-altering event can trigger PTSD, but these events are NOT the direct cause of the PTSD symptoms. there is an underlying, root (original sensitizing event) cause for the PTSD to arise years after trauma or childhood sexual abuse took place.

Total, or partial amnesia, for childhood terror, sexual abuse, rape, and other trauma is highly common, and associated with PTSD.

There is no other cure for PTSD, than to actually deal with the original trauma –the initial sensitizing event. Prescription medication is not only dangerous, and can kill or harm you…but RX drugs are linked to suicidal behavior, and to the harm or murder of others. Anti-depressants can also kill the empathy gene.

Medical marijuana will never cure you, it only treats certain symptoms. Watch out, because one day, the U.S. Government will probably get a hold of all medical marijuana distribution and will probably lace it with dangerous chemicals that could eventually kill you, or alter your DNA.

It’s better to treat PTSD naturally, through effective psycho-analysis.




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6 Responses to You Are Not Crazy: It Might Be PTSD

  1. Meg LuvsJC says:

    I think that all my years on anti-depressants masked the true source of my CSA issues.

    • Alethea says:

      Thank you Meg. This is absolutely correct! What people numb down and avoid with anti-depressants, and other psychotropic drugs, is exactly what can heal them if they face it head on.

  2. Linda Cook says:

    I felt that your article was accurate in regards to the PTSD symptoms, but was a little concerned that it was stated so strongly against medication. As a survivor of severe child abuse, I developed a dissociative disorder. I have been in therapy for many years to deal with this. My current therapist specializes in trauma and PTSD. She and I have been working together twice a week for almost 5 years. Due to the trauma/PTSD I also struggle with depression. This is common among survivors, as I am sure you are aware. Because of this, I am on medication. Not to fix me or numb me or keep me drugged. I am on it as the chemicals in my brain got all screwed up (depression is a chemical issue) and I need help to regulate my brain while I do healing work. I agree with you that trying to do things as naturally as possible and that therapy are the best methods for healing, however, I want people to be aware that sometimes medication is needed during the healing process. It has kept me alive and functioning. Thank you.

    • Alethea says:

      Dear Linda,

      Please, do not be concerned. Be aware that RX drugs are highly dangerous, and do not heal anyone, and can mess with the subconscious mind.

      I have had DD, and every symptom associated with severe child sexual abuse and trauma, and have experienced trauma in childhood that may be unfathomable to most people –trauma and abuse that I have never disclosed here on my Blog. If, after twice a week for almost 5 years, you are still struggling with depression, and have to take RX drugs, then I am sorry, but your therapy is ineffective in what therapy is designed to do.

      Depression is not a chemical disorder, it is anger turned inward on yourself. In addition, science has linked child abuse to changes in chemicals in our brain and bodies.

      I will not condone, recommend, or otherwise support any RX drugs. If you need RX drugs to keep you alive and functioning, then you should contact my therapist and begin working with her. You will notice immediate relief, and will be off the medication, and your depression will lift immediately –it may come back, but never with the same intensity, and it will continue to dissolve and be GONE completely with this therapy. That is, unless you have a secondary gain to stay sick, or if you don’t have a true will to change and heal. Sometimes there are secondary gains for people to stay depressed or connected to their past.

      I’m sorry. I know you won’t like this comment, but life is too short to not speak honestly with one another.

      I am trying to help you.


    • grace0808 says:

      Hi Linda,

      I used to be on antidepressants also, and they are indeed dangerous. If you contact Alethea’s therapist (who is also mine), she can help you…she helped me to get off antidepressants and I no longer need them to be alive and function.

      Stay well.

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