About 1 in 13 people will develop PTSD in their lifetime, and out of that group, only 1 in 3 are diagnosed with PTSD. The rest may go undiagnosed but still exhibit debilitating symptoms.
PTSD symptoms break down into four clusters; Re-experiencing (intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares associated with the traumatic event), Avoidance (shame, withdrawal from social situations, and reliance on drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors), Hypervigilance (constant fear and exaggerated startle responses), and Dysphoria (feelings of depression, anger, and anxiety). If you or someone you know experience these symptoms, there are many resources you can use to get treatment. One extremely impactful organization is the Sidran Institute – you can call their help desk at (410) 825-8888 and they will find you a reputable therapist that specializes in trauma.
If you experience flashbacks, anxiety attacks, or dissociation, you can also try our mobile app by DMing us or hitting the link in our bio. While we can’t offer you treatment, our app does offer a toolbox of grounding exercises to help you manage symptoms when they occur, and supplement professional treatment.