Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced trauma, so it is important to know the common signs and symptoms. Psych Central provides a list of symptoms that could indicate a person is struggling with PTSD.
Anyone can develop PTSD, across all demographics, after undergoing a trauma. The type of trauma that could cause PTSD is limitless – ranging from combat to natural disasters to serious financial struggles.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have PTSD. Please talk to your doctor.
- Inability to focus or remember things, particularly in the short term, easily
- Indecisiveness and frequently changing your mind on decisions
- Low self-esteem and lack of trust in your instincts
- Keeping your thoughts and feelings surface-level because you are afraid to delve deeper
- Exhaustion after menial tasks
- Limited mental capacity
- Anxiety in social situations
- Experiencing difficulty distinguishing reality from imagination
- Unable to complete projects
- Poor sleep, ranging from being restless at night to insomnia
- Physical and/or mental lethargy
- Feeling depressed, hopeless, despondent, etc.
- Indulging in addictive behavior to escape
- Making poor choices that make you feel worse, often shameful, instead of actively making good choices that will make you feel better
- Confusion, foggy brain, shell shock
- Even everyday tasks feel overwhelming and difficult to accomplish
- Self-loathing thoughts and feelings
- Feeling out of control and unable to decide anything
- Very protective and closed off in regards to opening up about your personal life; only feel safe with certain, non-judgmental people
- Feeling like you are simply surviving and not living your life or functioning normally
There are a variety of techniques to help manage PTSD. Some alternative approaches include lifestyle changes such as altering your diet or trying out yoga.
Cognitive behavior approaches can also prove fruitful. A therapist can help you work on these tactics and integrate them into your daily life.
Medications are also helpful in some cases, but there are many ways to help manage these symptoms. If you think you are suffering PTSD or co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, please seek help and remember that alleviation is possible.