PTSD symptoms are usually more severe or long lasting when the stressor is caused by a human(s) (e.g., torture, rape etc.). The likelihood of developing PTSD usually increases as the intensity & physical proximity to the stressor increase.
Sometimes a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. Learn to recognize these warning signs:
- Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
- Looking for ways to kill yourself
- Talking about death, dying, or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
Have you been feeling, acting, or thinking in ways that concern you or others, and you’re looking for ways to get a handle on the situation? Maybe your relationships, work, or daily activities are affected by what you’re going through. You may think what you’re dealing with is different from what other Veterans experience, and perhaps you’re unsure if there is anything you can do. Whatever your symptoms and whether they seem mild, moderate, or severe, there are steps you can take to make sure they don’t take over your life. Thousands of Veterans connect every day with resources and support and find ways to get their lives on a better track.
Using drugs or alcohol might be harming your health and relationships and could be a sign of substance misuse or dependence. Support and services are available to help Veterans deal with problems with alcohol or drugs and get their lives on a better track.
Relationship problems can make it difficult to enjoy life – for you and for those you care about. There are effective resources available to help Veterans improve and strengthen their relationships. Social withdrawal and isolation can make it hard to enjoy life or relate to other people. There are steps you can take to get your life on a better track. Sleep problems can interfere with relationships, work, physical health, and the ability to get through the day. Support is available to help Veterans sleep better and improve their quality of life.
Hypervigilance—feeling like you’re constantly on guard—is a common response to a frightening, traumatic, or life-threatening experience, but it doesn’t have to interfere with your relationships, work, physical health, or ability to get through the day.