Identifying PTSD – Signs and Symptoms
Please note that we are not doctors or any sort of medical practitioners. Below is our understanding of PTSD based on our own research and experiences.
There are many definitions and interpretations of what PTSD is. Here is the one that we generally use: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental and emotional condition that usually begins with some kind of physical or mental trauma that one is unable to move on from. Many people experienced PTSD when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened. Anxiety runs high and we are powerless to change what took place. Possible PTSD symptoms include:
- Constantly thinking about an event
- Dreams or nightmares
- Inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep
- Physical distress, stomach upset, headache
- Feelings of intense pain or total numbness
- Emotional outbursts, such as feeling angry
- Avoiding certain places or people
- Feeling detached, abandoned or estranged
- Decreased interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Inability to focus or remember details
- Being hyper-vigilant and intense
- Fear of being alone
Please seek medical help if you have one or more of these symptoms.
Where Is My Daddy Now hopes to shine a light on the tragedy of PTSD and our Veterans. We want a world where the realities of PTSD are acknowledged. These include recognizing some of the items below.
- Untreated PTSD only gets worse with time, not better
- The need for the medical community to acknowledge and fund PTSD diagnoses better
- PTSD is nearing epidemic proportions
- The children are the forgotten victims. Children today have experienced so much trauma from school shootings to violence in the streets to abuse, drugs and death. They are no longer innocent children in this world
- Just because Veterans do not show it does not mean they are not suffering