Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

12The most recent scientific evidence suggests that many of the symptoms a person experiences for the first month after a trauma are normal.

These symptoms can include sleep disturbance, decreased concentration, anxiety, sadness, anger, irritability, hypervigilance, re-experiencing of traumatic events, and disruptions in social and work related functioning.

Symptoms that persist beyond four weeks following a trauma and that may be indicative of a post traumatic stress disorder are as follows:

  • Recurrent and intrusive recollections of trauma.
  • Recurrent distressing dreams of the trauma.
  • Acting or feeling as if the trauma is recurring.
  • Intense psychological distress and/or physiological reactivity upon exposure to cues that resemble the traumatic event.
  • Efforts to avoid anything associated with the trauma.
  • Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities.
  • Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others.
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Irritability or anger
  • Hypervigilance
  • Exaggerated startle responses

If you feel that you’re experiencing any form of PTSD, please call so we can work through this difficult time together.