After a loss, it is normal to go through a natural grieving process. Sometimes, however, after a tragedy, such as a sudden traumatic event(s), feelings of loss surface several weeks or months after the tragedy occurred. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recognizing these symptoms in yourself or others is the first step toward recovery and finding appropriate help and treatment. Most of which I have dealt with and am have become free from them; the * will show the ones that I have.
The following information is another excerpt taken from a paper published by Point Man International, called REVEILLE. Here are ten chief characteristics that may help you identify PTSD in yourself and others:
*(1) Re-experiencing traumatic events through vivid memories or flash backs.
(2) Feeling “emotionally numb.
(3) Feeling overwhelmed by what would normally be considered everyday situations and feeling diminished interest in performing normal tasks or pursuing your usual interests.
*(4) Crying uncontrollably. This was one of my most common fears for a long time.
(5) Isolating oneself from family and friends and avoiding social situations.
*(6) Relying increasingly on alcohol or drugs to get through the day.
*(7) Feeling extremely moody, irritable, angry, suspicious or frightened.
*(8) Having difficulty falling or staying asleep, sleeping too much and experiencing nightmares.
*(9) Feeling guilty about surviving the event or being unable to solve the problem, and harbouring guilt over not being able to change the event or prevent the disaster. Having made it through the night time battle I often asked myself, “Why did I survive?”
(10) Feeling fears and a sense of doom about the future.