Most adults will experience at least one trauma in their lifetime, not all traumatic experiences will lead to developing Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Feeling upset, or a bit anxious with memories of these events is expected but most adults begin to feel better with less upset feelings after a few weeks after the event.  With trauma that develops into PTSD the symptoms will last longer than a month and begin to create problems in your life.

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Reliving the event over and over in what is called “flashbacks.”
  • nightmares
  • avoiding reminders of the traumatic event
  • may feel numb.
  • loose pleasure in things you previously enjoyed.
  • Panic attacks – sudden onset of anxiety that may hold you frozen in time.
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • There may be parts of the traumatic even that you forget.
  • Your daily life is disrupted.

Types of traumas may include:

  • Car accidents
  • Violent crimes
  • Witnessing violence
  • Natural disasters
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Bullying
  • Emotional, verbal, and physical abuse
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