What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

A person with PTSD has four main types of problems:

Reliving the traumatic event – through unwanted and recurring memories or vivid nightmares. You might get really upset when you’re reminded of what happened, or have intense physical reactions like sweating, pounding or racing heart, or rapid or irregular breathing.

Being overly alert or wound-up – you might have trouble sleeping or concentrating, feel irritable or short-tempered, become easily startled, or feel like you’re always on the lookout for signs of danger.

Avoiding reminders of the event – such as activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the traumatic event.

Negative thoughts or feelings – you might feel flat, numb, afraid, or angry a lot of the time, have unrealistic expectations of yourself or other people, lose interest in day to day activities like work or playing with your kids, or feel cut off from your family and friends.

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