There are so many out there who has PSTD and there are so many have no idea what this is and how to help people who are actually going through this, I personally know some people who go through this on a daily basis and have been for a while. My uncle was in Vietnam and he relieves this everyday, a sudden noise will freak him out.

But not only people who have been through something traumatic in their lives, I personally go through this myself with the dream of watching my mom pass away it haunts me every night. So I can only imagine what someone who's been in a war goes through, and how bad it affects them.

I found some info about the symptoms and want to share them:

There are four types of symptoms:

Reliving the event

Bad memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. You may feel like you're going through the event again. This is called a flashback. Sometimes there is a trigger: a sound or site that causes you to relive the event. Triggers might include:

Hearing a car backfire, which can bring back memories of gunfire and war for a combat veteran.
Seeing a car accident, which can remind a crash survivor of his or her own accident.
Seeing a news report of a sexual assault, which may bring back memories of assault for a woman who was raped.
Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

You may try to avoid situations or people who trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

A person who was in an earthquake may avoid watching television shows or movies in which there are earthquakes.
A person who was robbed at gunpoint while ordering at a hamburger drive-in may avoid fast-food restaurants.
Some people may keep very busy or avoid seeking help. This keeps them from having to think or talk about the event.
Feeling numb

You may find it hard to express your feelings. This is another way to avoid memories.

You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
You may not be interested in activities that you enjoyed in the past.
You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
Feeling keyed up

You may be alert and on the lookout for danger. This is known as increased emotional arousal. It can cause you to:

Suddenly become angry or irritable.
Have a hard time sleeping.
Have trouble concentrating.
Fear for your safety and always feel on guard.
Be very startled when someone surprises you.

The difference between PTSD and a normal response to trauma

The traumatic events that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Following a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences at least some of the symptoms of PTSD. When your sense of safety and trust are shattered, it’s normal to feel crazy, disconnected, or numb. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events.

For most people, however, these symptoms are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but they gradually lift. But if you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the symptoms don’t decrease. You don’t feel a little better each day. In fact, you may start to feel worse.


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  1. Michele P says:

    thanks for the informative post, I have a coworker and friend that have this and it helps me to understand a bit about how certain things affect them.

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