At some point in our lives, we may experience, hear or see a traumatic experience. It is okay to take time and recover from that. But what if you keep having flashbacks and withdraw from people because of the event? Is it possible you have unresolved trauma? Unresolved trauma coupled with depression causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most people live with PTSD without even knowing it. Knowing the signs is the first step in seeking interventional psychiatry Bedford for PTSD. We delve into signs you should look out for.
1. You Have Intrusive Thoughts of the Traumatic Event
Flashbacks are a clear tell-tale sign of PTSD. The flashbacks, upsetting nightmares and unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event indicate developing PTSD. You may feel as if the event (s) are reoccurring. The flashbacks are very vivid. Physical reactions are also part of intrusive thoughts, although they respond to your mental state.
2. You Feel Estranged Around People
Occasionally you may take a chill day or two. Sometimes you need to break from work, family, colleagues and the world. But if you constantly feel detached from other people, you may have PTSD.
Usually, PTSD that causes isolation results from childhood trauma, mostly when parents gaslight and constantly barrage children with negative comments. Such trauma can descend into complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), which has distinctive symptoms from PTSD, as the board-certified MD Jodi F. Marshall explains.
3. Changes in Physical Reactions
Once traumatic events are imprinted in the brain, they elicit arousal symptoms. Arousal symptoms can include getting easily startled to hyperarousal symptoms such as panic attacks. If you are very shifty and always on the lookout despite no impending danger, chances are you are in the early stages of PTSD. Some people use self-harm to cope with emotional fallout. Others use antidepressants. A tried and proven method is rTMS therapy which stands for repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Solution, offered at the Innovative Psychiatry Center.
4. You Are Disinterested in a Lot of Activities
The activities you once loved no longer interest you. Sometimes you avoid trying new activities since they can spur old memories of traumatic events.
Don’t blame age or your boring friends. Blame the negative emotions you are feeling. A balloon popping may trigger traumatic flashbacks, meaning you will avoid birthday parties.
5. Your Mood is Off
When you have PTSD, you harbor negative emotions that you can project onto others or on yourself. Emotional distress causes you to be irritated easily and respond with hostility. Your peers may not understand and you will isolate and detach from them.
Isolating yourself can lead to depression which aggravates PTSD. Finding a support system or talking to a trusted confidant can help with the situation in the short term.
Where to Find Effective PTSD Treatment?
You do not have to suffer in silence. PTSD is manageable. At the Innovative Psychiatry Center, you can find innovative treatments for PTSD. Some PTSD symptoms masquerade as other mental disorders. Accurate diagnosis is imperative for developing effective treatment plans. Contact the Innovative Psychiatry Center to set up your consultation.