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Post traumatic stress disorder symptom

Post traumatic stress disorder symptom

The best way to beat post traumatic stress disorder is through therapy-using a well qualified therapist.

If you have PTSD what post traumatic stress disorder symptom do you or your friend or family member have?

There are frequent PTSD symptoms that people experience, including re-experiencing.

Re-experiencing is a common symptom of PTSD

What is Re-experiencing in the context of PTSD?

· Frequently having upsetting thoughts or memories about a traumatic event.

· Often having nightmares

· Having "flashbacks" which are when you are feeling or acting as though the traumatic event were happening again, perhaps seeing or hearing the trauma inside your head

· Having very strong feelings of panic/fear when reminded of the traumatic event.

· When you are being reminded of the traumatic event you get physical symptoms, for example experiencing a surge in your heart rate or sweating.

As a way of coping, many people try to block out these feelings and sensations by self medicating-denial mechanisms.

What are negative self-medicating/coping strategies?

· Drinking too much alcohol.

· Over-eating/eating disorders

· Using street drugs such as marijuana

· Abusing prescription drugs

· Watching many hours of television

· Using computer and playing electronic games excessively

· Isolating yourself

· Avoidant behaviour

Being aggressive and irritated are behaviours associated with PTSD

Instead of self-medicating, use positive coping strategies:

Give yourself a break and take care of yourself, use support that is available to you by reaching out- speak to:

· Your Doctor

· Well qualified and accredited therapists

· Family

· Friends

· Colleagues/co-workers

· Support groups

Opening up to others and owning your problems/symptoms is a positive start to letting go of PTSD.

Instead of self-medicating, use positive coping strategies:

Exercise daily –endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released when you exercise, exercise ‘mops’ up stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline and you subsequently feel more relaxed and happier after exercise.

Get enough rest

See Managing stress in the workplace webpage for nutrition support

Listen to ‘The Tranquil Mind’ relaxation

Even though you have experienced a trauma you don’t need to become the trauma.

Let go of being stuck in old PTSD symptoms


Fear is a state of mind, challenge negative thoughts when they come up-we do not have to obey our thoughts, and meditation helps to focus the mind. Repeat the word ‘calm’ silently for 20 minutes a day, meditating in the morning before getting on with the day helps the mind relax.

Practice smiling- you get better at smiling when you practice

Research shows that genuine smiling (not fake smiling):

Produces 10% more of oxygen and glucose into the bloodstream.

Because of the increase in energy from smiling you are energized, and memory is increased.


· Lowers blood pressure by 10—18%

· Allows breathing from the diaphragm enabling less shallow breathing.

· Activates endorphins (the body's natural pain killers).

· Triggers Serotonins, (neurotransmitters in the brain) promotes a calmer mood.

· Reduces anger

· Reduces distress, anxiety, and panic attacks.

· Turns round negative moods.

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