PTSD occurs when people have experienced a drastic and shocking event and have not (yet) processed it properly. Such an event could be, for example, a life threat, assault or serious physical injury after an accident. This event keeps coming back to your thoughts or dreams. So people do everything they can to avoid these thoughts.

You may develop an acute stress disorder after a major event. This can be over within weeks, but it can also develop into PTSD. However, not everyone with PTSD has initially dealt with an acute stress disorder.

PTSD can therefore affect anyone at any age. It often hinders daily life, making normal functioning in society difficult.

Symptoms PTSD

The symptoms present can vary from person to person. Sometimes the symptoms are related to anxiety, but they can also be linked to a person’s mood, such as anger or aggression. The various physical and psychological complaints can manifest themselves in, among other things:

  • Painful memories of the event that recur regularly / flashbacks
  • Nightmares / restless sleep
  • Irritability / angry outbursts
  • Negative mood (fear, angry, guilt)
  • Difficulty with positive emotions (happiness, love)
  • Withdrawing from you social circle
  • Concentration problems
  • Reckless / self-destructive behavior
  • Always be vigilant
  • Palpitations / faster startling
  • Little interest in others and in activities you used to enjoy
  • Depersonalization or derealization

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The duration of the symptoms of PTSD varies from person to person. Some people have no more symptoms after 3 months, while others have multiple symptoms for more than a year and sometimes even more than decades. This can be due to various factors, such as the severity of the life-changing event and how often you are still reminded of it. But the character and how people deal with difficult situations also play a role.

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