Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

"Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional illness that develops as a result of a frightening, life-threatening, or highly unsafe experience.

PTSD sufferers re-experience the traumatic event in some way, tend to avoid places, people, or other things that remind them of the event (avoidance), and are exquisitely sensitive to normal life experiences (hyperarousal)."


If you are experiencing a confusing range of symptoms, or if you are not recovering as your health care practitioners expect, you may be suffering from PTSD.

You will need support and guidance if you are dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.

Notice how many of these questions bring up feelings that are familiar to you.

If you begin to feel overwhelmed by answering or reading these questions, please stop and call me, or call your current health care provider, for assistance in restoring your sense of safety and wholeness.
  • Do you have flashbacks or recurring dreams of the event?
  • Do you have feelings of helplessness or powerlessness?
  • Are you experiencing loss or gaps in memory?
  • Do you overreact?
  • Are you overcautious?
  • Are you accident-prone?
  • Do you notice heightened sensitivity to light or sound?
  • Do you startle easily or often?
  • Do you feel frozen or paralyzed?
  • When you think of the event, does your heart start racing?
  • Do you avoid situations similar to the event?
  • Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or panic attacks?
  • Do your feelings shift easily from one extreme to another?
  • Do you maintain an adamant "everything fine" stance?
  • Did you feel your life was threatened during the event?
  • Do you feel your life is still in danger since the event?
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