Wellness Wednesday

Good morning, afternoon, and/or evening Sol Warriors!! Happy Wednesday!!

How are you feeling today?


So today's post is going to be a tad bit different. I still want to know about your updates in your life and the big news that you have been receiving. But we are also going to discuss PTSD today too.


So before we jump in on our topic. How are you? Are you a Spring 2020 graduate? DM me a picture of you in your cap and gown on Instagram at apprehensive_co to be featured on our story!



Let's talk about PTSD.


PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. People normally think that you get PTSD when you go off to war and come back. But honestly, anyone can have it. I have it, I been through traumatic scenes of events and I never realized that it was hindering me until February of this year. When you have PTSD you get recurrent flashbacks of what happened to you. For me, it is my sexual assault. I am not okay when people touch me, hover over me, or a room is extremely dark. I tend to tense up and get uncomfortable.


"It becomes difficult to deal with everyday life because you have hidden your soul in a dark corner so it doesn’t have to face the dangerous world of the Trauma.  Without your soul, you are only half a person, a machine who is constantly running from reality.


Some symptoms that I found on Mayo Clinic are:


Intrusive memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event

  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)

  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event

  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event


Avoidance

Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event

  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event


Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world

  • Hopelessness about the future

  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event

  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships

  • Feeling detached from family and friends

  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions

  • Feeling emotionally numb


Changes in physical and emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened

  • Always being on guard for danger

  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior

  • Overwhelming guilt or shame


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