How do I know if I have PTSD?
If you’ve experienced trauma, getting through the day can feel like climbing Mount Everest. Survivors of trauma, whether physical or psychological, typically experience an initial feeling of relief to be alive, often followed by stress reactions, both physical and emotional. Over time, those reactions may continue to affect trauma victims and develop into the following problems:
- Eating disorders
- Sex addiction
- Medical problems
- Compulsive behavior
- Obsessive thinking
- Social anxiety
- Low self esteem
- Panic attacks
- Substance abuse
- Guilt and shame
- Relationship issues
- Sexual issues
- Self-destructive behavior
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Often, the above issues are an indication of an unresolved trauma experience—all signs of PTSD. Looking more closely at some of the most common of these problems and the stress reactions experienced can help identify PTSD symptoms.
- Depression: Have you lost interest in activities that used to be enjoyable? Are you constantly feeling sad or down? Do you have a low energy level? Are you feeling hopeless, thinking things will never get better? All these are signs of depression. If not treated, this often leads to self-destructive behavior.
- Guilt and Shame: Do you feel responsible for what happened even if you had no control of the situation? Do you think that if you had acted differently, things would be better? Are you feeling that you didn’t deserve to survive? Trying to make sense of a traumatic experience, often creates unjustified feelings of responsibility for the event.
- Anger/Rage: Do you feel that you were treated unfairly or what happened was unjustified? When something angers you do you become violent or show aggressive behavior? Have you become verbally abusive to loved ones and close friends?
- Substance Abuse: Do you turn to alcohol or drugs to ease your thoughts and feelings? Are you in control of your drinking or drug use? When you drink or use drugs do you often do it in excess to the point where you “pass out”? Even if you are being treated for the above issues, there may be an underlying trauma event that is the root of your problem—you are probably suffering from PTSD. Effective treatments are available that can heal those invisible wounds of trauma and resolve these issues, freeing you from the pain and negative thoughts.
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