Post-traumatic stress disorder affects different people in different ways. There are many potential causes of PTSD, and each one plays a unique role in how a person processes his or her emotions. In this list, we will review some of the most common symptoms of PTSD to give you a better understanding of this condition and how it affects you or someone you know.
Constant Alertness Or Irritability
People with PTSD often feel “on edge,” constantly looking out for something to happen to them. This is the result of the trauma they experienced. For instance, a person who has PTSD because he was mugged on the street may feel vulnerable and on high alert in public. A woman who was raped may jolt or jump away when a man moves toward her too quickly. This alertness and irritability can make it difficult to concentrate, and it makes seemingly normal tasks seem almost impossible to get through.
PTSD symptoms don’t just manifest in the mind. They can also take control over your body. The “stress” factor in post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to digestive troubles, rapid breathing, fast or heavy heartbeats, muscle tension, sleep disorders, headaches, tightness in the chest, and much more. When your body is under intense stress, some chemicals and systems within stop working the way they are supposed to. Luckily, with depression and PTSD therapy, you can learn how to reduce your symptoms so your body can get back on track.
Flashbacks And Nightmares
It is common for PTSD sufferers to have flashbacks of the traumatic event they experienced. They may also have nightmares related to the event or trauma that may have occurred after the event. These memories can come about at any time, but they are usually triggered by something – a sight, smell or sound that is reminiscent of the past. The more stressed or depressed a person is, the more intense these flashbacks will be.
PTSD is a type of anxiety. As such, a person may experience panic attacks as part of his or her PTSD symptoms. Panic attacks usually include racing thoughts, rapid heartbeats, difficulty breathing, tunnel vision, and intense fear. Once again, you can learn how to control these feelings and overcome them in the future through your anxiety therapy.
For more information about post-traumatic stress disorder and PTSD therapy in Michigan, feel free to contact Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Metro Detroit at (248) 244-8644.