Symptoms You May Have PTSD. Think you may have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome)? Here are some signs:
Getting overwhelmed in crowds.
Getting upset or angry at a loud alarm.
Ordinary nightmares (that have nothing to do with the circumstances. just stupid nightmares much more often than the average person)
Getting sharp pains in your back/neck/collarbones that make it hard to breathe (due to hyper vigilance/constant high anxiety)
Learning that “high anxiety” does not mean “generalized anxiety” like other people have with panic attacks and not feeling that they can accomplish thing. PTSD anxiety just means this frenetic energy that makes you want to talk/think/do things (even as an introvert) to avoid stopping.
Feeling constantly bored like you have to chase after something, even if you’re just at home: Spending hours on tumblr, pinterest, watching tv. reading books. making art. never just laying there alone…because if you stop…the darkness is there.
Thinking up stories before bed. This is a symptom of high anxiety because you’re trying to calm down and fall asleep in a “safe world” where people are looking out for you and caring for you.
Trouble falling asleep (which is distinct from insomnia) because turning off electronics etc. doesn’t help since your heart rate/fight or flight response is engaged.
Periods of racing heart that make you feel like you’re waiting for something to happen.
Exaggerated startle response. When I was a kid I used to hide behind corners to surprise my sisters. Two years ago my friend hid under my desk to scare me. I literally screamed, fell out of the chair, and started crying. She was laughing because she thought the joke went well, and then got concerned because I kept crying.
Purposefully “tanking” a bad day with sad music/tv/movies/books because it “was already ruined anyway”.
Deep feelings of guilt and shame are common.
Difficulty maintaining close relationships.
Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast.
Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior.
The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include:
- Combat exposure
- Childhood physical abuse
- Sexual violence
- Physical assault
- Being threatened with a weapon
- An accident
If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to see a doctor so that you can get the right diagnosis and treatment.
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