Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Do you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD ?

Here are a few ways to identify the signs and symptoms of PTSD:

1. Re-living the traumatic event.

Through distressing, unwanted memories, vivid nightmares and/or flashbacks. This can also include feeling very upset or having intense physical reactions such as heart palpitations or being unable to breathe when reminded of the traumatic event.

2. Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event.

Including activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings that bring back memories of the trauma.

3. Negative thoughts and feelings.

Such as fear, anger, guilt, or feeling flat or numb a lot of the time. A person might blame themselves or others for what happened during or after the traumatic event, feel cut-off from friends and family, or lose interest in day-to-day activities.

4. Feeling wound-up.

This might mean having trouble sleeping or concentrating, feeling angry or irritable, taking risks, being easily startled, and/or being constantly on the lookout for danger. It is not unusual for people with PTSD to experience other mental health problems as well, like depression or anxiety. Some people may develop a habit of using alcohol or drugs as a way of coping.

Positive ways of coping with PTSD:

*Learn about trauma and PTSD.

*Join a PTSD support group.

*Practice relaxation techniques.

*Pursue outdoor activities.

*Confide in a person you trust.

*Spend time with positive people.

*Avoid alcohol and drugs.

*Enjoy the peace of nature.

If you suspect you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD, don't be afraid to ask for help. It is the first (and hardest) step towards recovery.

Our registered counsellor Neriza Keet is ready and available to help:

Neriza Keet 0865214183 0628713758

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