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
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- Inability to experience positive emotions
- Always being on guard for danger
- Overwhelming fear for unknown reasons
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.