It is Day 6 of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today’s topic of discussion is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Todays discussion is quite difficult for me because I am struggle with PTSD and I am sure that this topic will bring up some painful memories from my past. I am aware that this particular post might take me all day to post because if I need to stop for a while I will. I need to do what is best for me but I also realize that I still need to educate you all on PTSD. Again the information I will give to you on PTSD, I got from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website at nami.org.
The symptoms of PTSD:
The DSM-IV criteria for identifying PTSD require that symptoms must me active for more than one month after the trauma and associated with the decline in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The three broad symptom clusters can be summarized as follow:
1. Persistent Re-experiencing
A person experiences one or more of the following:
- recurrent nightmares or flashbacks;
- recurrent images or memories of the event – these images or memories often occur without actively thinking about the event;
- intense distress of reminders of the trauma; and/or
- physical reactions to triggers that symbolize or resemble the event.
2. Avoidant/Numbness Responses
A person experiences three or more of the following:
- efforts to avoid feelings or triggers associated with the trauma;
- avoidance of activities, places or people that remind the person of the trauma;
- inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma;
- markedly diminished interest in activities;
- feelings of detachment or estrangement from others;
- restricted range of feelings; and/or
- difficulty thinking abut the long-term future – sometimes this expresses itself by a failure to plan for the future or taking risk because the person does not fully believe or consider the possibility that they will be alive for a normal lifespan.
3. Increased Arousal
A person experiences two or more of the following:
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;
- outburst of anger/irritability;
- difficulty concentrating;
- increased vigilance that may be maladaptive; and/or
- exaggerated startle response
Again, I got this information off of the NAMI website at nami.org. The DSM has since got an updated version now DSM-5.The diagnosis of PTSD has been updated in the DSM-5 so for more updated information you might want to check it out.
As I thought I am having some problems writing this particular blog. I have made the decision to make this particular blog shorter than I had hoped. It has been quite triggering for me. I am a survivor of multiple traumas and some of those trauma’s were when I was a child. Writing this blog has brought up some unpleasant memories of some horrific parts of my life. That is why I am needing to end this blog. I am sorry that I was unable to convey everything that I wanted. I hope that someday that I will be able to convey more on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I need to take care of myself and I know with the years of therapy that I have had and continue to have that if continuing this particular entry will trigger me even more.
On that note, I will blog again tomorrow on another subject. I am not really sure if I am going to write about but I do know that I will write about mental health. I hope that you will continue to follow and/or read my blog when Mental Health Awareness Week ends. Have a great weekend everyone. Enjoy it to the best of your ability. Peace out and enjoy life!!!!