Three signs you might suffer from PTSD
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.