PTSD Symptoms

Often, the first thought that comes to mind when hearing PTSD is images of soldiers, gunshots, and explosions. However, that is not always the case. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a medical disorder that can appear right after the trauma, or years after. PTSD symptoms can include reliving the event or avoiding situations that can cause you to recall or to re-live the event. This leads to anxiety, stress, and flashbacks. Anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD, civilian or military, young or old.

PTSD ranges in severity, but a few common symptoms can help identify if you could potentially be diagnosed with PTSD. These symptoms include:

  • Agitation, irritability, hostility
  • Flashbacks, lack of trust, anxiety
  • Loss of interest, guilt
  • Negativity, Pessimism
  • Insomnia, nightmares
  • Detachment, not willing to talk, isolation

The effects of PTSD vary from person to person, and is not at all uncommon, especially for veterans. One in three returning troops are diagnosed with PTSD, but in fact only 40% of these people seek medical treatment because of stigmas, lack of access, and fear of losing security clearance. The residual effects of living with PTSD and not seeking treatment can negatively impact relationships, marriage, and friendships, and can even result in loss of interest in hobbies.

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, please call 770-817-9200. See if the Institute for Advanced Medical Research at Mercer University can help ease your symptoms, and to see if a clinical study is fit for you.