Major Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What to Watch Out For

Major Signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What to Watch Out For

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects around 7.7. million people each year, and, as the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) states, there are many events that can lead to the development of PTSD, such as: personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, combat, accidents, childhood trauma and so much more. Traumatic events can affect us much deeper than we realize, and these effects can last from several months to years, to an entire lifetime. PTSD makes it difficult for us to focus on the present moment because our mind, body and spirit hasn’t yet healed from the past. Why we may never be fully healed from the pain we’ve gone through, we can become stronger and find ways to move forward with our lives.

PTSD is quite common amongst those in addiction recovery, as many have actually turned to substances – such as alcohol and illicit drugs – in an effort to ameliorate their symptoms. Dr. Ritchie, MD, MPH, and a retired military psychiatrist, told, “In many people, you’ve got symptoms that wax and wane. In some people, they go away and in others, they stay bad.”

Whether it’s you or a loved one who has gone through a traumatic event, it’s important to recognize the symptoms:

·       Avoiding certain people, places or things

·       Avoiding talking about certain subjects

·       Flashbacks

·       Nightmares

·       Recurring memories of the traumatic event

·       Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to triggers

·       Difficulty concentrating, irritability, “jumpiness”, angry outbursts, anxiety and more

PTSD can be treated alongside a substance use disorder (SUD) as it would then be considered a dual diagnosis (or a co-occurring disorder). Even through this, it’s normal for people to feel uncomfortable about what steps come next – or even how they’re going to make it through recovery. In January of 2019, a woman recalled her first few weeks of recovery and how she wasn’t sure where this path was going to take her. She told The Fix, “…I had no reference points to validate what I was experiencing. I was…determined to stay on this track, whatever it took.”

Healing and restoration are possible for you. Don’t give up on your recovery process – it takes time.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.