How Do I Know If I Have PTSD? What Should I Do?
While people commonly associate the disorder with returning war veterans or men/women in the army, these are not the only individuals who are capable of experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, many people who have experienced trauma outside of war can experience this debilitating condition.
If you’ve been through a traumatic event (both recently or in the past) and you are experiencing some of the symptoms discussed above, it is best to go speak to a mental health care provider. While you may think your symptoms will begin to fade over time, this is incredibly unlikely—especially, if you have been experiencing them for extended periods. As PTSD symptoms have the potential to worsen, seeking early treatment can begin your healing process and can lead to a better way of life.
Also, just because you exhibit some signs of PTSD, does NOT necessarily mean that you suffer from the condition. Some of the aforementioned symptoms are indicative of other mental health problems. As such, it is key to seek professional treatment in order to both identify the problem and determine the appropriate action plan!
Taking Next Steps
I know that taking the leap of faith to go talk to a mental health care professional may seem scary, but if you are battling these symptoms, it is important to address them head-on. Whether it be a traditional in-doctor appointment, an introductory assessment with Talkspace, or seeking counseling recommendations from your friend and family circle, that first step will mark the beginning of your journey towards your healing!
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