People with PTSD feel anxious and
hyper-alert. They feel like their life is out of control. They know something is wrong.
But they often don't link what they're feeling now to a traumatic event in their past.
To try to feel safe, they withdraw emotionally from others.
Other signs of PTSD include:
Having frequent nightmares,
flashbacks, or other vivid memories of the event
Being unable to recall parts of the event
Staying away from any
reminders of the event, including people, places, thoughts, or activities
Feeling always on guard or on
Having trouble sleeping
The most helpful treatment for PTSD
is professional counseling and medicine. People with this condition tend to cut
themselves off from others. Family members can play a vital role in helping victims to
get help. With treatment, people can feel better very quickly. Talking with a family
healthcare provider or mental health provider is a good place to start.
For more information, visit the
National Center for PTSD website. This is part of the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs.