Three signs you might suf­fer from PTSD

201 Health - - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -

Dr. Sharad Wa­gle, chair­man of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at Holy Name Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tea­neck, be­lieves that, by the strictest clin­i­cal def­i­ni­tion, a per­son with PTSD can’t be un­aware of it. “Tech­ni­cally, PTSD pa­tients have to have suf­fered a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says, ref­er­enc­ing the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric As­so­ci­a­tion’s Di­ag­nos­tic and Sta­tis­ti­cal Man­ual of Men­tal Dis­or­ders’ DSM-IV def­i­ni­tion. “In­creas­ingly, though, we are see­ing ref­er­ences to PTSD in court and field­ing ques­tions about PTSD from lawyers,” says Wa­gle, who ad­vises peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced a trau­matic event to be aware of th­ese signs and symp­toms:

A trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence might not fit the strictest def­i­ni­tion of PTSD. If you are in a state of equi­lib­rium and you be­gin to ex­pe­ri­ence a shift, it needs to be ad­dressed.

Reg­u­larly ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­ces­sive re­ac­tions to events re­sem­bling the trau­matic event. If, for ex­am­ple, you’ve been in a car ac­ci­dent and, sub­se­quently, con­tin­u­ally over­re­act when a car comes near you.

If friends and fam­ily be­gin to tell you you’re “not your usual happy self.” You might be more ir­ri­ta­ble, not sleep­ing well or not eat­ing as you once did.

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