Thursday, August 06, 2009

PTSD


"Following are some of the major symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). -- Exaggerated startle response -- Loss of memory (forgetfulness) -- Sleep disorders (nightmares and waking up suddenly during the night) -- Flashbacks / images of the traumatic incident that keeps coming back to haunt you -- Poor concentration -- Hypervigilance (very similar to, but not paranoia) -- Hypersensitivity -- Extreme irritability -- Anger over petty issues with violent outbursts -- Obsessiveness -- Extreme nervousness and anxiety -- Muscle aches and pains for no apparent reason -- Unexplained fear -- Low self-esteem -- Lack of confidence -- Experience a sudden numb feeling -- Avoiding anything that reminds you of the traumatic experience"

By Kaven Mathias
I suffer from PTSD because of sexual and child abuse. The flashbacks are the worst part of PTSD for me. I must admit I have all of the symptoms to some degree or another.

4 comments:

NOS said...

Wanda, I'm really sorry you had to endure what you did. No one should have to deal with that, not just because of the experience but also because of the later ramifications. (Did that make sense? I hope so.)

For me, the flashbacks are the hardest as well (I too have PTSD, although a different source of trauma). I think the only thing we can do is remind ourselves that we are in the present, and safe. Obviously this is much easier said than done.

Be well, darling. Hang on.

Just Be Real said...

(((Wanda's Wings))))
So very sorry dear one....
Hear sitting with you.

Ethereal Highway said...

I have all of those symptoms, too. It sucks.

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing this. Great posting. I hope you are feeling better Wanda. You are in my thoughts.