Symptoms of PTSD
Suffering from PTSD can have an impact on all areas of your life. Relationships and work life can affected and it is not uncommon to feel depressed, anxious and full of shame. Sometimes sufferers increase their alcohol or drug use in an attempt to manage the symptoms.
- Re-experiencing the event in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive memories.
- Avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma, be it places, people or situations.
- Feeling emotionally numb is another way of avoiding bad memories.
- Feeling overly anxious or in a state of high alert. This can make it more difficult to your sleep, affect your concentration and increase feelings of irritability. You can also be easily startled by unexpected noises.