“Simply put, PTSD is a state in which you can’t stop remembering a traumatic event or experience.”
Post Traumatic Stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation or terrifying experience – your being is shocked to the core. The events that trigger PTSD range from car accidents, sexual assault, natural disasters (hurricane, tornado, flood), to military service.
Post traumatic stress disorder interferes with your normal day-to-day life because of heightened anxiety levels.
- Your anxiety levels may have remained on high alert from the date of the incident.
- You may relive the event in your dreams every night.
- It may be many months after the ordeal when you feel like your life is just getting back to normal when a heavy rain (after surviving a hurricane), hearing a car door (after leaving an abusive spouse), or even the telephone ringing (after a family tragedy) triggers you and your heart races, your body starts shaking and you are literally terrified, all over again.
Post traumatic stress makes you feel like a scared rabbit. It is a very uncomfortable condition to live with.