Signs & Symptoms of PTSD: Sydney Depression Anxiety Clinic

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Signs & Symptoms of PTSD


The standard definition of PTSD is a mental health condition that may occur after a traumatic event or after numerous traumatic events of varying or the same natures.

Mainstream thinking is that since the deeply embedded/ suppressed & repressed trauma never real heal permanently – at the root – which is understandable as ‘talking style therapies’ contrary to popular belief DO NOT actually heal trauma, a whole multitude of symptoms show up after the witnessed or experienced trauma.

These PTSD symptoms stick around for a long time – a whole lifetime maybe and since the before mentioned techniques available to psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists are ineffectual to release the deeply suppressed & repressed trauma, the good old approaches of ‘symptom management strategies’ such as medication are the ‘standard healing approach model’ of PTSD.

When you look at the ‘signs & Symptoms’ of PTSD, you cannot but help notice that MOST of the signs & symptoms are what most of humanity suffers from to one degree or another – hence my prognosis that WE ARE ALL TRAUMATIZED’ to a degree. To be human, having a human experience means you cary Gross trauma, subtle trauma or a combination of both.

This is why I try to impress upon people the necessity of changing the societal narrative when it comes to trauma. We are all doing ourselves a great disservice by ‘putting off’ the acceptance of how widespread ‘subtle trauma’ really is.

PTSD is by its very nature a ‘Post Traumatic’ disorder. Just have a look at these symptoms and ask yourself how many boxes you tick, then ask yourself have you been in a war zone, raped, assaulted and experienced any of the other ‘traumas’ people standardise as ‘Trauma’?

The Signs & Symptoms

Have you then experienced any of the following:

  • upsetting memories, flashbacks or dreams of an event?
  • feeling physically and psychologically distressed when something reminds you of the event

If you answered yes to all of these questions, have you also experienced at least two of the following:

  • had trouble remembering important parts of the event
  • had very negative beliefs about yourself, others or the world
  • persistently blamed yourself or others for what happened
  • persistently felt negative, angry, guilty or ashamed
  • felt less interested in doing things you used to enjoy
  • feeling cut off from others
  • had trouble feeling positive emotions (e.g. love or excitement)
  • had difficulties sleeping (e.g. had bad dreams, or found it hard to fall or stay asleep)
  • felt easily angered or irritated
  • engaged in reckless or self-destructive behaviour
  • had trouble concentrating
  • felt on guard or vigilant
  • been easily startled?

If all these things have been happening for a month or more, you may be experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.

This list only backs up my claim that we are AL traumatised, some more and some less then others. We are all basically suffering from ‘Post Traumatic Stress’ – I would not call it a disorder though. It is us being human basically and reacting to varying degrees of undealt with trauma.