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What are the signs of posttraumatic stress disorder?
A wide variety of symptoms may be signs that you are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder. The following are some of the most common symptoms of PTSD that you or those around you may have noticed:
Feeling upset by things that remind you of what happened
Feeling emotionally cut off from others
Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about
Feeling constantly on guard
It’s not just the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder but also how you may react to them that can disrupt your life. You may:
Frequently avoid places or things that remind you of what happened
Consistently drink or use drugs to numb your feelings
Consider harming yourself or others
Start working all the time to occupy your mind
What is the treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder?
If you show signs of PTSD, you don't just have to live with it. In recent years, researchers have dramatically increased our understanding of what causes PTSD and how to treat it. Hundreds of thousands of Veterans who served in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard have gotten treatment for PTSD and found significant relief from their symptoms.
Two types of treatment have been shown to be effective for treating PTSD: counseling and medication. Professional therapy or counseling can help you understand your thoughts and reactions and help you learn techniques to cope with challenging situations. Research has shown several specific types of counseling to be very effective for treating PTSD. Medications can also be used to help reduce tension or irritability or to improve sleep. The class of medications most commonly used for PTSD is called "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors," but a doctor can work with you to figure out which medication works best for you.
"In therapy I learned how to respond differently to the thoughts that used to get stuck in my head."
In just a few months, these treatments can produce positive and meaningful changes in your symptoms and quality of life. They can help you understand and change how you think about your trauma and how you react to stressful memories.
You may need to work with your doctor or counselor and try different types of treatment before finding the one that’s best for dealing with your PTSD symptoms.
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