PTSD Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
PTSD Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

What is PTSD?

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it's been longer than a few months and you're still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Who develops PTSD?

PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.

How common is PTSD?

Here are some facts (based on the U.S. population):

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
  • About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%). Learn more about women, trauma and PTSD.

Personal factors, like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender, can affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD. What happens after the traumatic event is also important. Stress can make PTSD more likely, while social support can make it less likely.

Learn more: How Common is PTSD?

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

There are four type of PTSD symptoms: reliving the event (nightmares, flashbacks, or triggers), avoiding situations that remind you of the event, negative changes in beliefs and feelings, and feeling keyed up (hyperarousal). Symptoms may not be exactly the same for everyone. PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you might have PTSD.

Learn more: Symptoms of PTSD

What can I do if I think I have PTSD?

The only way to know for sure if you have PTSD is to talk to a mental health care provider. Take the Self-Screen for PTSD (PC-PTSD-5), to learn if your symptoms suggest you should talk to a provider.

Read What Can I Do If I Think I Have PTSD? for more information on how to seek help and why it matters.

Will people with PTSD get better?

"Getting better" means different things for different people. There are many different treatment options for PTSD. For many people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. Your symptoms don't have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.

What treatments are available for PTSD?

There are two main types of treatment, psychotherapy (sometimes called counseling or talk therapy) and medication. Sometimes people combine psychotherapy and medication.

Psychotherapy for PTSD

Psychotherapy, or counseling, involves meeting with a therapist.

  • Trauma-focused psychotherapy, which focuses on the memory of the traumatic event or its meaning, is the most effective treatment for PTSD. There are different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy, such as:
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) where you learn skills to understand how trauma changed your thoughts and feelings. Changing how you think about the trauma can change how you feel.
    • Prolonged Exposure (PE) where you talk about your trauma repeatedly until memories are no longer upsetting. This will help you get more control over your thoughts and feelings about the trauma. You also go to places or do things that are safe, but that you have been staying away from because they remind you of the trauma.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which involves focusing on sounds or hand movements while you talk about the trauma. This helps your brain work through the traumatic memories.

Medications for PTSD

Medications can be effective too. Some specific SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), which are used for depression, also work for PTSD. These include sertraline, paroxetine, fluoxetine, and venlafaxine.

IMPORTANT: Benzodiazepines and atypical antipsychotics should generally be avoided for PTSD treatment because they do not treat the core PTSD symptoms and can be addictive.

Who do I contact for help with PTSD? How do I locate specialists or support groups for PTSD?

How can I help a family member who has PTSD?

It is important to learn about PTSD so you can understand why it happened, how it is treated, and what you can do to help. But you also need to take care of yourself. Changes in family life are stressful, and taking care of yourself will make it easier to cope. Learn more: Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD

As a professional, I need to locate a specific assessment instrument for PTSD. How do I do that?

Proper assessment of trauma exposure and PTSD is best accomplished with validated measures. You will find information and online courses about assessment tools and best practices on the National Center for PTSD website, here: PTSD Information for Professionals: Assessment Overview. There you will find information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Measures authored by the National Center for PTSD staff are available as direct downloads or by request. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure. See a list of all measures or see Using PILOTS for Assessment Information.

Posted on BrainLine November 28, 2017. Reviewed July 15, 2021.

From the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Informative article about PTSD and it symptoms. Keep sharing such content to keep people informed

I currently have PTSD (PISD) after my wifes infidelity. I never knew I could be hurt so bad by something. Its awful.

There is a science that proves if a man is in love with a woman. My husband who has PTSD since l met him has never displayed any of those scientific signs that show a man loves a woman. He claims to love me but l kinda don't believe him.
Does having PTSD make love look scientifically different?

I have PTSD and that does make me avoid people. but if I love someone, you can tell. The same way is you can tell when someone is afraid of something. One of the biggest signs is if he wants you to be ok. Not even happy, safe:). Which is a big topic for PTSD. I for example have a hard time recognising carring and that gets me in trouble...

I'm not clinically confirmed to have PTSD but as I've been having flashbacks, triggers, recurring depression and anxiety (for years) I kind of just accepted the possibility. I have a psychologist who helps me and noticed that their method is relatively similar to curing PTSD and I just felt kind of happy that I have an explanation for these things (as mentioned above). It's really scary not having anyone to understand and be willing to listen when I'm constantly breaking down both mentally and emotionally.

Until now I don't know how to forgive that person who ruined my life. Like, where's your conscience? I was only a kid and yet was condemned to ruin. Nobody believed me when I was telling the truth and they never listened. I was pretty hopeless and I still feel terribly sensitive and burst into tears whenever I remember what kind of life I've lived as a kid. I hate myself for reliving it all over again but I can't control it.

My environment was s**t and everyone I thought could be trusted were traitors. They're all horrible and I hate every single one of them. I contracted serious trust issues and took me a decade to finally tell someone. I was immediately helped out and I've never felt so liberated. The environment under my 'family' was so suffocating and toxic. No one can be trusted.

At least I escape from those abusers. I hope I recover soon

I can relate although I was left maimed, permanently disfigured. I keep thinking that if I could only get what was taken from me back, I could maybe recover. But, there are medical limitations. It would take a miracle.

I don't know where to go from here, honestly. Every day is a struggle to get out of bed as I feel both mental and physical pain.

I pray and pray and pray, but honestly see no way out. I can't accept what happened or my disfigurement. It altered my life. I could've had a beautiful life. Instead, it was full of sorrow and despair.

Hello I don't really know what to say other than I love you and I don't know you or you know me but try to keep the positive thought I know that helps me and of oi can help one person today it helps your friend and brother forever love jack w

Beautifully said Jack!!!

Can PTSD occur over a period of time or is it only caused by sudden traumatic events? I entered the most stressful work situation I've ever been in, plus my marriage ended, plus I had a major health scare (cancer) all in the space of 12 months.
It was several years ago and I've never been the same since. Just can't seem to move on.

Yes, it can happen over a period of time. I have C-PTSD which means I have survived trauma after trauma, until I finally I had a melt down or 'nervous breakdown.' Throughout my entire life, I've felt like I was on the outside looking in, shame, different, and I've always had poor boundaries and low self-esteem. People pick up on this and abuse me more. Being part asian has a lot to do with this. Watching multiple deaths, financial struggles, illness, and most of all, lack of support. I'm trying EMDR therapy but I've already lost so much of my time and confidence due to ptsd. I didn't know that I had it until I started reading about narcissistic abuse and so on...

Yes! I endured abuse from my mother my whole life. It wasn't ONE single experience. It was years of gaslighting, lies, manipulation, and abuse. What you're referring to is called Complex PTSD.

I have complex post traumatic syndrome and associative disorder. You definitely have ptsd! Or cptsd! Any shock or trauma is considered ptsd! It doesn’t matter if it is considered a small thing by others it’s how your body reacts! There are small traumas and big traumas they are still classed as ptsd. Watching the news and being shocked by what happened to another can cause ptsd. A violent movie. Whereas big traumas are more threats, of death , sexual violence etc. what you have gone through is something that has been a very traumatic experience. The only way you really can get through it is to see a psychologist! Acknowledge it and work on ways to get better. And even then it may not be a quick fic. The loss of a marriage is like a death , your marriage died and you can’t just get over it’! Please get some professional help!

PTSD is from a event like a car crash, getting shot, plane crash, ect! However there is C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which can occur from long lasting events such as abuse for example and even what you are describing but do note, PTSD isn’t worse than C-PTSD. Experiences vary person to person.

Hope this helps!

C-ptsd is when you experience trauma for a long period of time. Ptsd usually is a sudden traumatic event.

All of those events could be considered traumatic. Often PTSD symptoms are not noticeable until much later. The only way to be certain is to be evaluated by a doctor or therapist.

I was a first responder in the late 1990’s. I recovered a little 4 year old girl from a lake and I did cpr on here it seemed hrs with the parents and grandparents yelling. You know they’re upset. I lost the little girl. I have noticed over the years I have done something to run my family off like I distant myself now than go through that pain. Then my daughter had a baby girl and when she turned about the age off that little girl the ptsd really took me over the edge and I tried suicide. I think of that little girl almost daily. My wife got me a dr to help with all the depression and that’s when I was diagnosed as a c-ptsd patient. I take medication for it and my wife tries to keep me “happy” always worrying. Even with medication I can go into a deep depression like what’s going on now I’m trying to type through tears. I should’ve added that the fire department that I worked for was volunteer and has since become tax funded. We had no “debriefings” after an incident nothing.

My story is somewhat similar. My nephew was the drowning victim in 2007. I wasn't there when it happened but family can and got me. I can remember the world slowing down. I could hear and see everything but it was just an odd out of body type feeling. My nephew actually lived. I resuscitated him after an estimated 9 minutes. Then another 8 minutes flat line in life flight. 15 more minutes on the OR table. A lot of people might feel like that's a miracle. My nephew has a traumatic brain injury so he lives in super anxiety. And a lot of health issues.
In 2019 I had a baby and 4 days afterwards my 14 year old daughter attempted suicide. It's hard to describe to people how you can go from this bright determinate person to a deteriorating person in the blink of an eye.

I won’t go into many details. I somewhat understand your trauma - not the same details. Wanted to offer a suggestion because YOU CAN GET TO THE OTHER SIDE! Counseling and SSRI if you are not on a one. Maybe add on another one to it. If all SSRIs fail, try MAOI. Psychiatrists do not like to use these because of numerous diet restrictions. If you are in hell like I was it’s worth it. Had to do a lot of legwork. Lost a lot of my friends, etc. Please don’t try to commit suicide again. First, you may end up in a physically (and mentally) worse position! Second, God has more in store for you. I’m not a “religious freak” but I learned this. Never thought I’d make it through. Now things are so much better. Push through! What made you “respond to the call” is still there deep inside. Reach deep down, pull it up, and carry on! Best wishes and God bless you!

Emdr is simply a theory. It is by no means proven, yet on this site it sounds like it is. It’s just an idea that sure didn’t work for me and that Psych students readily believe.

I had undiagnosed PTSD for 13 years before I finally go diagnosed, I had EMDR and it took it away completely. It really works!

I tried to kill myself via overdose last fall and can't physically look at the bottle the pills came from without feeling nauseous. Whenever I think of a white pill my body feels wrong and I get stressed out. It's not because the pills are a trigger for self harm or anything but the volatile emotions and the physical and mental trauma of what happened are too uncomfortable to block out. I've had other events that I can't look at remnants of or think about without shutting down. When I was 17 I ended up in the children's ICU where the baby across from me was dying. It started crashing and the doctors and nurses kept on going over it but it wouldn't get better. I was being discharged so I was removed from the room before I could see whether or not it lived or died. I spend most of my time dissassociting in what's basically a fantasy world to cope with being alive, but when I kept thinking that the baby's vitals would magically go up, they didn't. I don't think it lived. Why do I live in a world where babies die for no fucking reason. Why was it even born in the first place if it was just gonna be like that. Now it's parents are just going to be filled with grief and expensive medical debt.

so...ive been sexually assaulted thrice during my childhood. its been over 8years since the first time i was assaulted but nothing gets better. Im fighting PTSD, severe anxiety, depression, insomnia and anger issues. i do burst out in anger at times and the person in front of me gets upset. but guess what? i always cheer them up. i tried talking to my friends about my prob. i told them what everyday feels like in detail. they could do nothing but break down into tears in front of me. and i dont really have many friends. everyone says the same thing for the 1st day and then they just forget about it. i tried talking to my mom about my anxiety but she just laughed and made fun of me. its a dark lonely road and its been 2years since i hugged someone and let my tears out. after my bf dumped me twice i havent cried in front of anyone. i feel like a soul trapped in the body of a girl filled with fingerprints and filth. no matter how many times i take a bath, those fingerprints wont fade away. its the worse feeling to be forced to surrender your body to some monster for his satisfaction.

Hazel, you should look into microdosing psilocybin. Im sorry for all you've been through. I know you are strong <3 please consider researching microdosing.

My partner has PTSD from a car wreck and was sexually assaulted by an ex-friend. He has gone to many counselors and on anti-psychotic medicine for 10+ years. We have been together for 7 yrs and his PTSD has become worse since we moved and he began weaning from his medicine. No matter what I say, he doesn't believe the dosage of medicine is the reason why he is experiencing these intense changes. He has expressed his anger by hitting the wall, refrigerator, and window of our car. He never hits me, but I am always wary about when he will snap. What can I do to help him when he is getting all of the help prescribed for him?

I'm no medical expert so do not hold all your weight into what I'm about to tell you. I was in the situation your man is in a couple years back and I knew I was losing my marbles but thought the meds weren't the ones I needed or they served their purpose. it was a costly lesson for me but I think he definitely needs to tell his doctors and be honest about what he's doing or you need to. It could save his life.

When I was young my father was abusive to my mother and I saw it with my own eyes. I was scared so bad I hid in the bathroom. I was abused severely after in some years because of his mental illnesses. My Biological mother left. My step mother verbally abuses me sometimes. And she told me to just get over the fact I have PTSD and need to stop freaking out and crying when he yells or gets in your face. Does that mean I can really just stop being scared. Or do I have to do counselling for another year or so?

Please get out of there! You can't work on yourself to any positive end in such a toxic environment. It took so long for me to realize that I'd be happier homeless. I was homeless for a few months living out of a car. It was worth it and you're stronger than you think without thwm bearing down on you. I believe in you.

There are centres for PTSD for the ones suffering from it.However how dos a family member realise or understand that the person is unders stress and its not a normal one but a start of a disorder? What are the basics that need to chanage within the society to accept PTSD as an issue that need to be paid attention to?How to overcome the social stigma from the society?We need reforms and training centres for these as well . If taken care of at the start itself,PTSD can be take care off within the society as well. I am writing this as I have seen the clack attitude of the society on people having stress and depressive disorders.Any opinions on this???

It’s been years since Some guys left me stranded in a forest about an hour away from town and I still have ptsd every night and I try to ignore the fact that I got stranded in the middle of no where at 3am when I was underage and almost got raped ( that’s why they left me stranded ) & I just want the guys to go to jail now that they are already 18+ that can help my ptsd but idk if the police would even care because they didn’t care when that happened to me and they didn’t want to do anything to them because it was my fault for going with those guys and they were underage so they didn’t want to lock them up but if someone can plz help me and tell me what I can do :(

We will all face different situations in our life that could leave us feeling vonerable and helpless and sometimes even self blaming. Often times simply putting blame in the right places and being self praising can be benifical. You are a survivor and should really see yourself as a survivor. So often people have been rape and sometimes injured and left for dead. You were in a bad cituation and you must have done something to defend yourself for not being raped of injured. Empower yourself by using your stong innerself. I think your handled yourself extreamly well because you did not allow yourself to be anything but a survivor. Maybe others should be asking you for help.. i dont know you. But im giving you a big big hug right now and i want to tell you, im so proud of you!

I am sorry for what you went though! You sound like you need some therapy and some understanding sympathetic friends. It is not a crime to hang out with underage kids you don’t know driving around. It is however not safe and the reason cops don’t care because they are dealing with the investigation of rapes, assaults and murders of people from those situations. It doesn’t mean it isn’t traumatic what happened whatsoever. Hopefully the boys also have learned from this situation. It sounds like they were being bullies. Not ok.
Minors don’t have harsh punishments often because the part of their brains that help them make good choices isn’t fully developed yet sadly.
Therapy might help you forgive them and yourself to begin to move beyond this traumatic event. Forgiveness is for you not for them!

Hi. I don't really know what to say haha. I don't think anyone will see this. I feel what I went through is not as bad as what others went through. Like it's not a big deal, you know? But I have no one to talk to so um that's why I'm here. My life is not exactly normal compared to a lot of peoples. My family world travels, I'm usually surrounded with only my sisters and my mom and dad. I don't have close friends, we usually leave places before I can make any. And I think you'd expect my sisters and I to be close but most of the time we just want space. We're not rich, despite what many would think, we live in small apartments with usually two beds. It's hard to get space. But that's beside the point. A year ago my family had a falling out. A lot of things happened, they've always been pretty strict. My sister went to a party with some people she met. My parents found out, she had some alcohol, not really that bad. Despite it only being her their anger (my dads) was taken out on all of us. At the time we had our own room and were staying in an apartment for a whole year to make some money from English teaching. My dad took all of our stuff into his room, and when I say everything I mean everything. He locked all the doors in the apartment and made us sleep in the living room. The doors were locked every time they left the house. The only time we could go outside was when they wanted us to make dinner for them (chores) so we had to get food. There were fights every day. I struggle with adhd and with this happening all the time it just got so hard. A lot of things happened. they're buried somewhere in my brain, I'd rather not relive them. This is dragging on a bit long, isn't it? There was no abuse. well, I at least not physically. We were ruining their relationship, we were horrible children, we always miss behaved, they didn't love us. Remarks like that. My dad wanted to send me off to a boarding school, he only wanted to be with my mom. The reason my dad disliked me the most is that he is a naturalist. Meaning he walks around naked all the time and expects, no, more like force(ed) us to the same. He wanted us to literally be the perfect family, that's what he said. The second we entered the house our shoes, and clothes must be at the door. I hated this. If we did not do this our stuff would continue to be taken away, we would not be able to go outside, etc. My sisters accepted naturalism out of fear. One of them wasn't allowed to go to college unless she followed his rules. And who were we to call for help? The police? We didn't speak the language, and what was happening to us, it wasn't that big of a deal compared to things others have gone through. Despite being afraid I was so uncomfortable. I've always hated being naked, I don't know why. And this made everything so much worse. I was bullied for not accepting their way of life. I must do my schooling and nothing else. my dad took my bras and underwear and hid them. He thought the way I was acting was hilarious. I was terrified of him, still am. When I went to sleep, since they took away my bras I found my swimsuit and slept in that. My dad told me to take it off. He was really angry. I stood up for my self and I told him no. He said that if I didn't he would force it off me. But I still told him no. He grabbed me and forced off my swimsuit. I kicked him, but he wouldn't get off. He left some burns and rashes in the process. I wanted to die. This is it. This was the rest of my life. I went to the store by myself and hid there. When I came back home they told me they were setting some rules. that I have to take off my clothes, no matter what. I had to be a naturalist, or they wouldn't let me go outside (although I was used to this) I was painfully aware that if I didn't run they would take my clothes off for me. I was so scared, I can't even describe it. It's hard to even write about it. My dad saw me reach for the door. He grabbed me but I got loose, I sprinted barefooted to a store nearby and locked myself in the bathroom. I love locks so much. When I locked myself in the bathroom at home my dad took them out of the door. I just wanted to be alone but I wasn't allowed. I suppose I should've just accepted naturalism. Life would've been easier. But whenever I thought about it this horrible feeling washed over me. I was going to try to kill myself, to get away from him, but I was too scared to do that as well. Because this really wasn't that bad if you look at the big picture. After this experience though, unexpectedly life got better. My dad decided to leave and go back to America. He was done living with us. This is where the whole "you're ruining our relationship" comes in. It happened so quickly. He just left. My mom cried every day. I avoided being at home. My moms not that bad. I don't know if I can forgive her for trying to make me become a naturalist. For making me change in front of her even though she knew how uncomfortable I was. For letting him make me feel like I was nothing. But I know she was trying her best to be a good mom. She just was sucked into his horrible way of "living". He was gone for a year. He's back now, despite all the threats he made in his emails to her. I can't say we're living happily, we don't talk very much. I hate that he's here. But whenever I try to mention the past to my mom she gets mad at me as if it was all my fault. So that's why I'm here. I'm sorry for such a long message. I don't think I have ptsd. I have nightmares about being naked sometimes but don't we all haha. You know, forgetting to put your clothes on and them leaving the house? So yeah. so yeah that's it. That's my long and complicated story. All in all just wanted to talk to someone. It gets awfully lonely. ok bya

I've got what I consider to be an extreme case of PTSD Laura, and yours is exactly as valid. If anything, it's me sitting here thinking that I've had it easy. Your father is a horrible man. You are right to fight him. What he is doing is intolerable and unacceptable on a baseline level, a level so baseline that I fully understand how it can feel like you're wrong for feeling the way you do.

He's distorted the very basics of reality, and used your alienation and inability to speak to anyone around you to do this. But you are not wrong, Laura. It is despicable for him to force you to be naked, to steal your things, to hold over you and your siblings' heads even the possibility of escaping and going to college. I would completely ignore any and all incentives that he offers to you, because I highly doubt he will ever send you or your sisters to college, no matter how much you give in to his demands.

You say that he removes the locks to the bathroom when you try to lock yourself in, yeah? I would imagine he keeps the screwdrivers under lock and key, but if you can find a way to sneak one in, some moment where they aren't immediately ready and waiting to strip you the moment you enter the door, you can do the same to the front door lock. You and your sisters can escape.

Depending on the country, there may be battered women's shelters around. It will be difficult without knowing the language, but if you can find one on the internet then the people there will likely be able to read the situation just on the way you and your sisters look. If the country you're in doesn't have them, then my suggestion would be to research nearby ones that do and try to manipulate your next move to one of those countries. Ideally an urban city in one of them. Maybe find one with a city that has shelters plus nudist beaches or something, pretend that you're coming around to naturalism but want to do it with your family in public. It's a sickening thing, I know. I'm only speaking from what I would do, and I chose to do whatever I had to to escape.

Your mother will never be your ally, and however pitiable she might be she is an enemy to you and your sisters. Do not let her in on any plans you make. Don't expect her to take your side with the police, or with any other governmental body. She's the good cop, and your dad's the bad cop. But neither of them are on your side, or they would have proven otherwise by now.

That's all the advice I can offer, Laura, except this. That part of you that wants to fight, it's not wrong. It's something you will want to let go of once you're free of your mother and father, but in this moment it's survival and you're right to trust your instincts. The hypervigilance of PTSD is only maladaptive once you're out of that situation and into normality. Right now, it's your greatest ally. Believe in your feelings, and trust your instincts. If things ever feel off, believe it and take whatever action you can.

Good luck, Laura.

Hey Laura. I know you may not be checking this email. However, I have to tell you that what your father is doing is abuse. He is sexually abusing you by forcing you to remain unclothed when it is not your desire to do so. You should really report him to the cops, or find yourself a different living situation. I hope you and your sister are ok.

I feel sorry that you had to go through that kind of behavior I'm sorry to tell you this bit your father is not a naturalist. do not accept this if you have to report them its child abuse your mom should be ashamed God bless you dear girl

Honestly You Should never belittle your situation if it makes you feel a certain way Maybe people have had “worse” Pending on what you consider is worse than that Put in my personal opinion your situation does matter I know it feels little and stupid to talk about but I promise you It’s not I don’t know if you’ll ever see this again but know that you matter and that if something makes you feel distressed or distraught it dies matter the key to relive your “ptsd” Or strong emotions from what happened in my opinion is to talk about it there’s several different ways to get through it although they might not be a cure it is a treatment keeping things bottled up and never talking to anyone won’t help I promise you that I recently went through an accident which was life-threatening and I’m about a week out The feelings are terrible at first and trust me they don’t ever really get better but the key is to make them happen less often and stay in a good routine for me what works is is a really good support base therapy/counseling and oddly enough I know it’s hard to go back but if you avoid the very thing that’s causing you to feel this way in the first place it’ll never get better you got a face your issues head-on and beat them the first few days I was OK mostly still in shock but other than that I was OK couple more days went by and I started to feel anxious about certain things or events related to the accident and that caused me to stop sleeping and stop eating but lately I’ve been trying to think as positive as possible it’s been working I’ve been sleeping and eating and all of the such I still feel the emotions here and there but that’s normal for the first month or so but slowly and slowly They fade as well as the fear that was created from that accident I promise you the cops on him. That's what you should do.

i haven't even read everything you said because it's so much. you are going through alot . this does seem legit and the way your dad treats you is kinda not good. i think you should be treated better. we all love our parents but you know there is an extent where you should be mistreated you know. you may be young i don't know but if you are a young adult that can provide for yourself i would move out make some boundaries with your parents, but in a respectful way, and hopefully get some family counciling. they may not want it but getting help for me is a sign of respect for your family you know you just want the best but if they still treat you bad then.... live your life without them but keep in contact show that you still love them. hahaha i don't know... but yeah hopefully all goes well and wish you the best

Is it possible for PSTD to abuse a daughter, who perhaps initially shows love & sympathy for the father?

I was thinking, how would you say anxiety and PTSD differ? I have anxiety and so I've always ruminated past in some way, but there's this one event that I just ruminate more than the rest. It always upset me, but lately it just starting hurting more for some reason(and I know PTSD can develop later). I've gotten clammy from thinking about, I've cried randomly, I've had nightmares about it(though not a ton), I try avoiding shows and stuff that make me think of it. But I've also had this happen with phobias, so I'm not sure. But yeah, it's like the most painful thing ever for me to talk about, and I actually I used to talk about it somewhat casually but now I can't. So yeah, how would these differ?

I'm 15 Girl with childhood trauma due to neglect, psychical abuse, then leaving in a car as an infant I know my older brother raped my older sister... my mother was a druggie and alcoholic. she has been in jail contently and left her 5 kids in a car to starved (had a grandmother that fed us while she was in jail luckily but when she was out we went back to her) i watched her be taken by police and they took me and put me in the system. I didn't cope well and started bagging my head at 4-6 i was put into a mental institution where i then seen teens fighting and blood on the walls. The safe didn't have the restraints they now have to make sure it doesn't hurt us. i remember being thrown down or thrown against the wall as they have multiple people on you. leaving bruises and sometimes they give you a bloody nose or cuts not on purpose but as a kid it wasn't pleasant. to see adults and feel adults that was told to me they was here to help me but they was actually hurting me . as a child they diagnosed me with PTSD do to the symptoms I was showing. I hate therapy cause I have done it all my life since the age of 6. they left me do to there life issues as in leaving the job, moving etc. every time i got a new therapist they'd repeat what I have been taught by the others. I don't know if is still have PTSD but if someone touches me I have a bad reaction to punching, yelling, etc. I don't have the nightmares anymore, I don't really think of the past, well I never try to think of what happened. I block it out and move on. i have multiple other illnesses as in GAD, ODD, ( had depression) ADHD, mood disorder ( they say its unknown whatever that means) PTSD ( they wanted to take it off but my mother said no due to my outburst i have and i remember the smell of the soap from when i was in the mental institution. as in i remember things just from a smell but its no big deal right. doesn't mean i still have PTSD right?

I am no physician, however, I have a strong belief in not labeling people. In my humble opinion, you can say you experience trauma memories, some of which come back with imagery. I cannot speak for others, but I myself have both happy and traumatic memories linked to my five senses. A smell, a taste, a song, seeing something/someone, or the feeling of something will flood me with emotions. I had to learn to not deny these feelings, but instead embrace them-be honest with them, take comfort in the process...then let them go!!

im 19 and i have a very similar life story and a similar experience except when i was 17 at a mental hospital that got shut down for child abuse. i think it is ptsd..

I'm not sure if I have PTSD or not, but I'm too scared to talk about it with my therapist. I suffered from emetophobia for less than 2 years and it was extremely traumatic, I tried killing myself during that time and it's traumatizing to even remember it. I have nightmares a lot not related to the trauma but to my worries, I'm sensitive to loud noises such as yelling, doors slamming, etc. I'm loosing interest in some things I used to be interested it and can't stop thinking about the traumatic memories of that time. Do you think I have PTSD?

I am very sensitive to yelling, screaming, door slamming, sudden loud noises, car horns & alarms, and disrespectful people in general just to name a few things. It does not have to be directed at me, just occurring around me. If there is such a thing as a calm respectful child I cant remember the last time I met one (note: teachers are far under paid dealing with everyone else's kids all day). Anyway, I need classical music, a good book, the sound of a water fountain & intelligent engaging adult conversations...otherwise Im a recluse. Ill never make it to Walt Disney World. Maybe outskirts of Japan..

wow i can totally relate have you been diagnosed with PSTD? i want to be tested for it but i am not sure if i am just over reacting, but i guess it is pretty serious.

I also Don't like loud noises. A man raising his voice. My neighbor above me. Being.extra load. Kids fighting. Adults.fighting .man u name it. So i isolated my self. In my apt.But after long time.i got so very lonely.

My loved one of 5 years has had ptsd symptoms come up due to my heart surgery. She has distanced herself from me until she gets help. This hurts because I seem to bring on anxiety for her. I am now feeling like what we had in our relationship she is giving up or letting go. She says she still loves me more than ever and cares about me, but feels shattered and can't be in our relationship with what she is feeling.
I have a feeling of anxiety now, and sadness that this may never get back to where it was. What should I do?

The only thing you can do. Respect her.

Either she is lying to u because she unable to broach another topic that has caused the disconnect; or, she doesn't know how to handle things and the distance between you two is something this person is at least convincing themselves is creating relief.

Hi Sweetheart,
First off, I want to let you know that you are a very strong person for have going through what you've gone through and are still pushing forward. That is the best you can do is to keep yourself occupied with things like work, if possible, hobbies, going to the gym. Im not talking about a full hardcore workout if you do not have the strength for that, but definitely something light because it helps tremendously when it comes to your mind body and soul. Plus you will start meeting others who are regulars and therefore, meet new people. I am going through a very very hard time in my life. It has not involved surgery, but I don't want to write a book because my problems are so severe at the moment, I can hardly leave my house. I have dealt with manic depression/anxiety all my life but about two years ago, I moved into a new place for a job position and I was doing well up until then. Long story short, I managed the apartment part-time where I was living and the owner was the devil. She would abuse me by harassing me since day one, yelling at me, calling me names, accusing me of things I was not doing, all the while the tenants said I was one of the best managers they had because any problem they had, they always got a hold of me that very day, and it was taken care of within 24 hrs. Even if it was something a simple as a light bulb change. When I came there, no one trained me to what there standards were or proceedings. I have been in management for 20 yrs but my occupation is a personal trainer for the elite and I am also a certified nutritionist who competes in body building as well so I have a lot of clients and I was able to balance these two things no problem. When I first got there, she had 4 vacancies. I rented them all in 2 months. The rents were sky high because it was Hollywood so we only had studios the time I was there and the last one I rented was $1795. All in all, since I lived there, I rented a total of 9 units and the building was at capacity. But she accused me of not being there, of tenants not being able to get a hold of me, and I bent over frontwards and backwards for this woman. At the time, I also met this man that traumatized me. I never felt this way about any man in my life. I am usually very picky, I dont get attached easily and even if I do, I will hurt a bit when its over but get over it. To this day I cannot let go of my feelings for this man. It is an obsession to where I cry everyday because of him. I shake severely, cannot sleep, can hardly shower, I snapped. I was super social and know a lot of people, had a ton of friends, would go out every time I would be depressed. I would die if I stayed home. Its been a year since I have gone out. Im sorry to drag this on. Im not trying to vent about myself but I just want to give you support and understanding that you are not alone and that others are going through this God awful disease that I dont wish on my worst enemy. All my friends are gone. I have maybe 3 friends that I still talk to. They have all tried to get me out and I can't even meet them for coffee. The gym was my addiction and i haven't trained in over a year. I have no strength, all I do is what is absolutely necessary and quickly come home and barricade myself in my room and watch tv. And then it starts. The severe shaking, my mind fills up with dread. I feel so abandoned, alone and I am terrified that this is it. I will die alone, no one will ever want to be with me, time is ticking, I will never be my normal self again and it sends me into extreme shock and I start crying uncontrollably. Honey, your friend gas probably went through a trauma of her own or has depression or anxiety and is dealing with her own demons and I'm positive she feels so guilty for not being able to be there for you but some people have so much on their plate that they can't bare to have any other problem and don't know how they can help you because they hardly know how to handle things themselves. But she still should be there for you in some way and not abandon you at the time in your life where you need her the most. You know how the saying goes, you know who your true friends are when when they stand by you through your toughest time. If she can't help you, or doesn't know how to deal with it, she can still call you and offer to have lunch with you or coffee, or act like she did before this so you are not alone and at least distract you from the situation but to if she is not willing to do that then what I would do is simply move on and wish her the best even though it may be hard but in the end, the meaning of a friend is someone who loves you, cares for your well being and is by your side at your worst time, but if she isn't even there for you emotionally, physically or in anyway, then you have to stop and think "how am I even benefiting from this friendship in any way if I am alone?" Focus on yourself and getting better and like I said before, you can even join a therapy group session of people who are going through the exact same thing you are going through and you will meet new people and not only that but people who need someone like you just like you need them and know your not alone. I guarantee that you will make new friends and even learn new coping techniques. All in all, don't be afraid to join groups, or forums with people going through the same thing your going through. It can definitely help change your outlook on life. I hope I was able to help in some way. Sorry for the novel I just wrote but I hate seeing people in pain and suffering alone because i know the feeling of not having anyone understand what your going through and that feeling of abandonment. I wish you well and if you ever need someone, I am more than happy to speak with you and try to kelp as much as I possibly can.