Have you been through a traumatic event? If you have been suffering from these symptoms for over a month, you may want to talk to your doctor about treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year and although that sounds like a large number, it really is a small percentage of people compared to the total number who experience trauma in the same time frame. Around 8% of all people will have PTSD over their lifetime. Thankfully, there is more and more research coming out every day for ways in which to support and treat patients with PTSD. As with most ailments, the sooner PTSD is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is possible.
If you have been experiencing these symptoms for over a month, you should contact your doctor for a thorough exam.
Anyone who has been exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation whether through direct experience, as a witness, learning of the event through a close family member or friend, or experiencing repeated exposure to the details of the event may be at risk for PTSD.
Primary Symptoms of PTSD:
The Presence of One or More of the Following:
The Presence of Two or More of the Following:
Two or More of the Following Marked Changes in Arousal and Reactivity:
For a more detailed overview of PTSD symptoms, please visit: https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/symptoms