"It is impossible to separate PTSD from trauma. Everyone with a PTSD diagnosis has experienced trauma. However, not everyone that experiences trauma will meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That does not mean if they don"t meet the full criteria that they are not living in pain or that they would not benefit from treatment. If an individual does meet criteria for PTSD, they often feel discouraged and helpless. PTSD is treatable. People can move forward in their lives. The most difficult part is finding the courage to reach out for help.
The following is a list of common symptoms associated with PTSD. This list is not exhaustive and is not intended for self-diagnosing.
Re-experiencing trauma(s) through flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive recollections
Avoidance of situations that can trigger a reminder of trauma
A feeling of emotional numbness
Feeling easily agitated
Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep
Negative thoughts or assumptions about yourself or your worldview
Lowered interest in participating in significant events
Feelings of social detachment
Difficulty or an inability to experience positive emotions
Inability to remember one or more important parts of the traumatic event
Self-medicating through alcohol and/or drugs"