“My past is an armour I cannot take off, no matter how many times you tell me the war
“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”Longfellow D
Flashbacks & nightmaresYou find yourself re-living the event, again and again. This can happen both as a 'flashback' in the day and as nightmares when you are asleep. These can be so realistic that it feels as though you are living through the experience all over again. You see it in your mind, but may also feel the emotions and physical sensations of what happened - fear, sweating, smells, sounds, pain.Ordinary things can trigger off flashbacks. For instance, if you had a car crash in the rain, a rainy day might start a flashback.
Being 'on guard'You find that you stay alert all the time, as if you are looking out for danger. You can’t relax. This is called 'hypervigilance'. You feel anxious and find it hard to sleep. Other people will notice that you are jumpy and irritable.Other symptomsMuscle aches and painsDiarrhoeaIrregular heartbeatsHeadachesFeelings of panic and fearDepressionDrinking too much alcoholUsing drugs (including painkillers).
Avoidance & numbingIt can be just too upsetting to re-live your experience over and over again. So you distract yourself. You keep your mind busy by losing yourself in a hobby, working very hard, or spending your time absorbed in crosswords or jigsaw puzzles. You avoid places and people that remind you of the trauma, and try not to talk about it.You may deal with the pain of your feelings by trying to feel nothing at all – by becoming emotionally numb. You communicate less with other people who then find it hard to live or work with you
People, Places and Things
Just a few odds and ends that I have found helpful in my struggle there are a few more people and places that have helped and maybe soon they will get a mention. There are some that haven’t tried that we can’t forget but try very hard to forgive, in their ignorance they know no difference….maybe
STORY CONTINUED….soon, quoted notes at presentUnder DevelopmentEveryone deals with stress at some point or other in life. Whether in response to a physical threat or to a perceived social or emotional risk, the stress response is the body’s way of preparing to face or flee from danger. It involves a series of physical, psychological, and behavioural reactions that enable people to deal with the stressor and then return to their normal behaviors.However, for people who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as a result of being exposed to extreme danger, threat, violence, or death, the stress response is heightened and can lead to physical and psychological distress far beyond what is experienced in a normal stress response. In addition, people with PTSD tend to struggle with symptoms in situations where a person without the disorder would not have a stress response.
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Hyperarousal (feeling 'on edge')Someone with PTSD may be very anxious and find it difficult to relax. They may be constantly aware of threats and easily startled. This state of mind is known as hyperarousal.Hyperarousal often leads to:irritabilityangry outburstssleeping problems (insomnia)difficulty concentrating
Other problemsMany people with PTSD also have a number of other problems, including:other mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety or phobiasself-harming or destructive behaviour – such as drug misuse or alcohol misuseother physical symptoms – such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach achesPTSD sometimes leads to work-related problems and the breakdown of relationships.
Re-experiencingRe-experiencing is the most typical symptom of PTSD. This is when a person involuntarily and vividly re-lives the traumatic event in the form of:flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images or sensationsphysical sensations – such as pain, sweating, nausea or tremblingSome people have constant negative thoughts about their experience, repeatedly asking themselves questions that prevent them from coming to terms with the event.For example, they may wonder why the event happened to them and if they could have done anything to stop it, which can lead to feelings of guilt or shame.