What does PTSD feel like?
After the traumatic event you can feel grief-stricken, depressed, anxious, guilty and angry. In PTSD you may also:
- have flashbacks and nightmares – you relive the event in your mind, again and again
- avoid thinking about it and feeling upset by keeping busy and avoiding anything or anyone that reminds you of it
- be ‘on guard’ – you stay alert all the time, can’t relax, feel anxious and can’t sleep
- get physical symptoms – aches and pains, diarrhoea, irregular heartbeats, headaches, feelings of panic and fear, depression
- start drinking too much alcohol or using drugs (including painkillers).
To have an idea of what it is like for an individual suffering from PTSD and how everything they see, hear, feel, smell or taste can set off a memory or ‘flashback’ then watch the video below.
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