Good morning, afternoon, and/or evening Sol Warriors!! Happy Wednesday!!
How are you feeling today?
So today's post is going to be a tad bit different. I still want to know about your updates in your life and the big news that you have been receiving. But we are also going to discuss PTSD today too.
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Let's talk about PTSD.
PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. People normally think that you get PTSD when you go off to war and come back. But honestly, anyone can have it. I have it, I been through traumatic scenes of events and I never realized that it was hindering me until February of this year. When you have PTSD you get recurrent flashbacks of what happened to you. For me, it is my sexual assault. I am not okay when people touch me, hover over me, or a room is extremely dark. I tend to tense up and get uncomfortable.
"It becomes difficult to deal with everyday life because you have hidden your soul in a dark corner so it doesn’t have to face the dangerous world of the Trauma. Without your soul, you are only half a person, a machine who is constantly running from reality.”
Some symptoms that I found on Mayo Clinic are:
Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:
Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event
Symptoms of avoidance may include:
Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event
Negative changes in thinking and mood
Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:
Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
Hopelessness about the future
Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
Difficulty maintaining close relationships
Feeling detached from family and friends
Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
Feeling emotionally numb
Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:
Being easily startled or frightened
Always being on guard for danger
Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
Overwhelming guilt or shame
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