Approximately 3.5% of adults in America experienced PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder in the past year, according to the ADAA, or the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. Post-traumatic stress disorder is often commonly associated with soldiers and wartime, although it is now thought to be much more prevalent throughout society than previously discovered. Understanding the most common signs and symptoms of PTSD can help you to find the appropriate mental health care and therapy if you believe you’re struggling.

1. Negative/Intrusive Thoughts

Experiencing intrusive thoughts that are overwhelmingly negative may be a sign of PTSD, especially if you have only recently experienced a traumatic life incident, such as an injury, accident, or major devastating loss.

2. Avoidance

Developing classic signs of avoidance as well as avoidance anxiety disorder is not uncommon for those who are struggling with PTSD. Avoidance can help you to feel as if you are coping with an event, but, in reality, you are only attempting to bury it as best as possible subconsciously. Working with a therapist in EMDR trauma therapy can help you to stop avoidance behaviors in their tracks.

3. Flashbacks or Nightmares

Do you find yourself having nightmares and/or flashbacks that remind you of an incident that makes you feel triggered? If you feel as if you have no control over your sleep and the dreams or nightmares you are having, you are likely attempting to deal with underlying anxiety or PTSD issues.

4. Inability to Sleep

If you find yourself unable to rest properly or you are extremely hyperaroused, you may also be dealing with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if you have yet to fully grasp and cope with the event that has triggered you.

5. Feeling Shame

When you find yourself reliving an event only to feel guilty or shameful about the way you have dealt with it, you may be dealing with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Seeking help for PTSD is not shameful and can help you to resume living a normal life without feeling stressed and overwhelmed any longer. To learn more about seeking therapy treatments available to you, such as neurofeedback and EMDR trauma therapy, reach out to us at Trauma Healing Northwest. We’re committed to helping our patients achieve healing through specialized treatment of trauma and stress.