June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day - Signs and Triggers of PTSD
Today, June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day. This day is dedicated to promoting available treatment for PTSD and spreading awareness about this mental health condition. In our last blog, Some Things to Learn About Trauma During PTSD Awareness Month, we talked about specific traumatic events that can lead to the development of PTSD. But, there is more to spreading awareness about PTSD than just providing information about traumatic events that may lead to PTSD. Another way to potentially help people living with this condition is to provide information to help identify potential symptoms and triggers of PTSD.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
We know that traumatic events can lead to the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in some people. Not all people that experience a traumatic event will develop PTSD. But, those who do may be able to recognize this disorder in their own lives by identifying some of the symptoms of PTSD they may be portraying. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of PTSD include:
Having flashbacks of the traumatic event or events
Experiencing vivid nightmares that resemble the traumatic event or events
Memory loss in relation to a traumatic event or events
Having trouble concentrating
Sleep issues – either sleeping too much or too little
Sudden shifts in mood – especially anger
Being easily startled by noises or other sudden events
Feeling apathetic about life and relationships with others
Destructive behaviors like drug abuse to attempt to numb symptoms
Being constantly hyperalert and on-edge
Triggers of PTSD Symptoms
There are certain things that can trigger an onset of PTSD symptoms. These are called triggers and can vary from person to person as no two people will have the same experiences with trauma. Some people with PTSD may experience PTSD triggers and consequential symptoms every day and other people may not experience PTSD triggers and consequential symptoms for many months at a time. In either case, triggers can lead to experiencing symptoms, so they are important to identify. This way, people living with PTSD can understand what triggers symptoms and attempt to steer clear of these triggers to better manage symptoms.
Some common PTSD triggers can include:
Watching the news and hearing about/seeing incidents that remind a person of their trauma
Senses (sounds, smells, tastes, feelings) that can remind a person of a traumatic event
Not having a support system to lean upon
Additional stressors (changing or losing jobs, financial stress, legal issues, losing a loved one, etc.)
Sustaining an injury or being diagnosed with a life-altering illness
Experiencing concurring mental health issues
Negative and unwanted feelings
Available Treatments for PTSD Triggers and Symptoms
People that have PTSD may have PTSD for the remainder of their lives. But, treatment can help people diagnosed with this mental health issue learn to cope with the symptoms of PTSD and manage their lives in more healthy ways. This includes learning coping mechanisms that can help to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms. And, learning how to identify and deal with PTSD triggers. Some of the available treatments for PTSD currently include:
Medications: Some people respond well to psychiatric medications that are proven to lessen the severity and frequency of specific PTSD symptoms
Therapy: Specific therapies, including behavioral therapies, can help people with PTSD learn why this condition developed. And, give them tools in order to manage and overcome debilitating PTSD symptoms
Holistic Approaches: Holistic therapies like mindfulness meditation, yoga, personal training, and more can help individuals living with the symptoms of PTSD understand how to balance their lives and better cope with unwanted symptoms
Getting Help for PTSD at Delray Center for Healing
Outpatient PTSD programs can help people living with PTSD to live better lives of mental well-being and overcome the battle they face with PTSD triggers and symptoms on a daily basis. Delray Center for Healing offers a PTSD and trauma-resolution program to provide outpatient support and mental health treatment for people living with PTSD. Find out more about this program and how we can help from our website.
Download Our FREE Psychiatry: Redefine Ebook!
Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.