Could I have PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as:
- Sexual assault
- Childhood assault
- Assault with a weapon
- Accidents and natural disasters (fire, earthquakes, etc.)
- Armed robbery
- Serious motor vehicle accidents
Research shows that many trauma survivors develop symptoms immediately after the trauma. Many continue to suffer three or more months later when they are thinking about the event or reminded of it. These symptoms are common and distressing, but respond well to treatment. Even if the symptoms seem only mild it may be helpful to have someone to talk to. If you are eligible for the APT study, we can provide you with tools to create a better life.
It is not uncommon to:
- Think all the time about what happened
- Feel afraid or nervous when you think about what happened
- Have nightmares
- Feel your heart race or sweat a lot
- Go out of your way to try and avoid thinking about what happened
- Feel jumpy or emotionally numb