PTSD & Anxiety; Is My Anxiety Really PTSD?

What is PTSD? How is Anxiety different with PTSD? PTSD explained by a trauma specialist counselor. Do I have PTSD?

In This video, Ginny Vose, Mental Health Counselor with JCAC, discusses how anxiety is different with PTSD. She goes into detail about what is PTSD, the Symptoms of PTSD, and How to Cope with PTSD. You may have experienced a trauma if you are a Veteran, fire fighter, survived a bad traffic accident, police officer, a survivor of sexual assault, someone in a car accident, a natural disaster, or another trauma. If you feel that that the experience has left you feeling anxious and no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of those feelings. You may be struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

In this video, Ginny shares what PTSD is, how it is different than other anxiety, and some ways to help with the symptoms of PTSD. This is part of our series on anxiety.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Put very simply, is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as war and combat, violence, abuse, disaster, or terrorism. Most people will naturally feel upset and have some anxiety symptoms after going through a trauma. It is normal. Many times, the anxiety will go away. Sadly, PTSD is not rare. Statistics show that about 7 out of every 100 people will experience the effects of PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of, it actually is more of an injury, rather than a disorder.

PTSD is different from other forms of anxiety. Ginny details the four major types of symptoms that surface in someone suffering from PTSD:

1) Re-experiencing, flashbacks, nightmares or frightening thoughts related to the trauma.

2) Avoidance. This could mean that you stay away from places, events, or objects, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the traumatic experience. An example of this might be after being in a bad car accident avoiding driving or riding in a car.

3) Heightened sense of awareness, or hyperviligence. This PTSD Symtpoms is being easily startled, become more edgy or easily angered, and struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep.

4) Change of Perception: negative or dark thoughts about yourself, life, or the world. You could feel guilty about what happened and begin to wrongly blame yourself for what happened.

If you find that you are suffering with PTSD, there is hope. This video goes into coping skills for PTSD. Also, Ginny describes what PTSD treatment looks like and how to know if you need treatment. CBT & EMDR are just two types of treatment for PTSD she describes.

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