post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety problems

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.

Irritability, angry outbursts, sleeping problems and difficulty concentrating are also common.

Emotional numbing

Some people with PTSD deal with their feelings by trying not to feel anything at all. This is known as emotional numbing. They may feel detached or isolated from others, or guilty.

Someone with PTSD can often seem deep in thought and withdrawn. They may also give up pursuing the activities that they used to enjoy.

Other symptoms

Other possible symptoms of PTSD include:

depression, anxiety and phobias

drug misuse or alcohol misuse

sweating, shaking, headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach upsets

PTSD sometimes leads to the breakdown of relationships and causes work-related problems.

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  • Morning

    This is very interesting to read and as I have been diagnosed with PTSD I can tick everything above (apart from drug misuse..) and can add eating disorders. if anyone is suffering from flashbacks, nightmares and feels emotionally stuck then emdr is very effective at dealing with PTSD I can highly recommend it. It's not easy but then no therapy is and not everyone is suitable but check it out. Hope everyone is ok today. I think it's harder when the sun is shining as some people think it makes us feel better but theres more pressure to be outside and harder to hide. Is cookie ok? or have the evil trolls been at work? can i be a banoffee pie please... but i may eat myself today lots of love eve x

  • Can you get PTSD from a very stressful childhood.

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