Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects more people than you might think. Veterans and those who have experienced combat often develop PTSD, but it can also stem from experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event like a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
After a traumatic event, it’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have difficulty sleeping. Daily activities can also become difficult. If these symptoms last longer than a few weeks or months, you may have PTSD.
The specific symptoms that define PTSD are:
- Reliving the traumatic event. This can occur through nightmares, flashbacks, or triggers.
- Avoiding things that remind you of the event.
- Having negative thoughts and feelings (more than before the event).
- Feeling on edge. Hyperarousal and feeling always alert or on the lookout for danger are signs of PTSD.
If you have these symptoms, reach out to your doctor. Therapy can help treat PTSD, and there are specific therapies like trauma-based psychotherapy and cognitive processing therapy that can be beneficial. Medication may also be an option. If you’re struggling, don’t wait. Reach out for help today.
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/what/ptsd_basics.asp