How Common PTSD
June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Today, millions of survivors of sexual abuse, war, mass violence, and natural disasters experience PTSD, and only a small fraction of them get the support they need. Each of us can help fix that problem by learning the signs and symptoms associated with PTSD.
PTSD Symptoms Divided Into Four Groups
PTSD symptoms break down into four clusters; Re-experiencing (intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares associated with the traumatic event), Avoidance (shame, withdrawal from social situations, and reliance on drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors), Hypervigilance (constant fear and exaggerated startle responses), and Dysphoria (feelings of depression, anger, and anxiety). If you or someone you know experience these symptoms, there are many resources you can use to get treatment. One extremely impactful organization is the Sidran Institute – you can call their help desk at (410) 825-8888 and they will find you a reputable therapist that specializes in trauma.
If you experience flashbacks, anxiety attacks, or dissociation, you can also try our mobile app by DMing us or hitting the link in our bio. While we can’t offer you treatment, our app does offer a toolbox of grounding exercises to help you manage symptoms when they occur, and supplement professional treatment.