Tips to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event.

PTSD can cause many symptoms that can be grouped into three categories:

1. Re-Experiencing Symptoms
> Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
> Bad dreams
> Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.

2. Avoidance symptoms:
> Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
> Feeling emotionally numb
> Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
> Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
> Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

3. Hyperarousal symptoms:
> Being easily startled
> Feeling tense or “on edge”
> Having angry outbursts.

Hyperarousal symptoms can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.
*Information from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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