Jordan Rodbell wishes to share helpful behavioral health information and does not consider himself an expert in the field. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Jordan has compiled this list of symptoms for you. PTSD is a common psychological condition that is caused by the extreme stress of a life threatening situation. Recovery takes time, but you are not alone and if you persevere you can regain the happiness and peace that you deserve.
PTSD is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms:
- Reliving of the traumatic event;
- Inability to talk about, or even to recall the trauma;
- Nightmares and difficulty sleeping;
- Hyper-vigilance and always feeling on edge;
- Mood swings;
- Anxiety, depression, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts;
- Outbursts of anger and rage.
The symptoms of PTSD can be very difficult for loved ones and others who are close to the traumatized person. A person who has experienced a severe trauma like rape, natural disaster, military combat, an assault or accident will often have feelings of guilt and anger. These unresolved feelings can lead the person to inappropriately express anger at whoever is closest. Remaining supportive and loving toward a person with PTSD who is misdirecting anger at you can be one of the greatest challenges. For the person who suffers PTSD, this dynamic can lead to increased guilt.
PTSD Ups and Downs
People with PTSD are frequently trapped in an endless cycle of reliving the trauma. They have a hard time being in the present and noticing how they are affecting others. Some people with PTSD even have extreme paranoia, fearing that the trauma will be repeated or that the events are still ongoing. It is also very common for a person with PTSD to feel fine one minute and then suddenly have symptoms again for no apparent reason. There are many ups and downs during PTSD recovery.
People with PTSD also often feel very alienated from others. They feel that no one can understand the experience they have gone through. Loving attempts to help can be rejected from family and friends who have not themselves had the experience. The truth is that there are many others who have had a similar traumatic experience. Jordan Rodbell believes that finding and connecting with them is often a big part of the healing process.
Jordan Rodbell Wants You to Get Help
If you or someone you know has PTSD, Jordan Rodbell urges you to reach out for help. Finding support from others who are struggling with this problem can be a genuine life line. Follow these links and check out these related articles. Jordan Rodbell wishes you or your loved one a full recovery from PTSD.