Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Symptoms

Quite a high number of soldiers from the First World War were diagnosed with ‘soldier’s heart’, ‘shell shock’ or ‘battle tiredness’. Officials characterized this as a disorder than openly admitting the horror of the war and if the situation that the soldiers were put through and survived by shielding it anyway then could.

Most commonly it comes down to a person that has experienced a great loss or was forced to undertake a horrifying situation consequently his or hers emotional limit being shattered and not knowing how to come with it.

The first reaction will be denying everything that happened; the person will not want to talk about it, avoiding any type of information that may be linked to that specific subject or any person and may have a breakdown from any type of situation that will challenge him emotionally.

There are thousands of stories on the internet regarding the after experience of many survivors, from train crashes, rapes, wars to hostage situations and a symptom can be noticed within the schedule of sleeping, many not being able to sleep well, having flash backs with other people or with that specific situation, or starting to be afraid of sleeping due to the nightmares that they would have at night. These will be also noted as an after shock, after that person has surpassed that specific experience only physical, emotionally being a long way from being healthy, but in time they will fade away and will be much easier to cope with. After having a traumatic experience the first feeling you will experience will be emotionally numbness but sadly you will develop physical and emotional reactions and have changes in your behavior like:

  • intrusive images and thoughts
  • vivid flashbacks – having the feeling that the whole situation is happening again
  • intense distress at symbolic or real reminders of the trauma lived
  • nightmares and/or panic attacks

Also the brain can try to protect you from reliving that situation that you just experienced and will try to avoid memories pushing you to:

  • keep busy
  • repress memories – not remembering many aspects of the event
  • avoid situations that remind you of the trauma
  • be unable to express any type of affection
  • feel detached, emotionally numb and cut off
  • feel that there is absolutely no point to plan for the future

And most common will when the person will have :

  • sleep disturbance
  • extreme alertness
  • lack of concentration
  • aggressive behavior, irritable behavior
  • will be easy to startle
  • a panic response to everything that will be linked with that specific event or any other trauma
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