How to Recognize the Signs of PTSD and Trauma

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Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like your emotions are out of control? If so, you may be suffering from Trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). To help you identify if this is something that you are dealing with, I will share a few of the signs and symptoms below…

What Is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by exposure to a traumatic event. It can involve flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of hyperarousal and detachment from reality. Symptoms can last for months or even years after the triggering event has passed. It’s important to know that PTSD is not always caused by a single traumatic event. In some cases, it can be the result of multiple experiences.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of PTSD vary between individuals but generally include: depression and anxiety; intrusive thoughts; avoidance of reminders of the trauma; difficulty sleeping; changes in behavior; flashbacks or nightmares; emotional numbness; irritability or angry outbursts; feeling easily startled; physical reactions when exposed to triggers such as increased heart rate or sweating.

It’s also important to note that people who have experienced trauma may not experience all of these symptoms at once, nor do they have to experience them all in order for it to be considered PTSD. However, if you believe that you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible.

What you can do?

PTSD or trauma related emotional issues are a medical condition and just like a broken arm should be treated by a doctor, people who are experiencing trauma and PTSD should be treated by a professional as well. Talking to a therapist or mental health professional can help you make sense of your experience and manage the symptoms. A professional can also provide strategies to address any triggers that may be causing distress.

You may also consider reaching out to friends, family, and other support systems for emotional support. Having people around who understand what you’re going through can make a difference in your recovery process. Additionally, there are many online resources available that can provide information and support.

Remember, you don’t have to face PTSD or trauma alone. With the right help and support, it is possible to manage this condition and begin to lead a life of hope and healing.

Finally, it’s important to take care of yourself. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, spending time in nature, and engaging in activities that bring you joy are all great ways to help your body and mind heal from trauma.

How can Burn Bright Today help?

At Burn Bright Today, my goal is to provide support for those seeking to overcome trauma and PTSD. As an Integrative Health & Wellbeing Practitioner specializing in trauma healing techniques such as EMDR Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, my mission is to provide a safe space for my clients so they can heal their bodies, minds and spirits while learning how to use their own inner wisdom again. Contact me for a consultation at Burn Bright Today!

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