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After Stress and Trauma.....Continued.

After stress and trauma,  when the fight or flight response quiets down, 
there can be a sense of being worn out.  

  • Tiredness/Fatigue.
  • Lost of interest in daily activities.  
  • Lost of interest in hobbies.  
  • Lack of comfort in relationships.  
  • Lack of patience.
  • Increase in anger.
  • Desire to be alone.
  • Loneliness.
  • Frustration.
  • Confusion.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Increase in appetite.
  • Depression.
  • Self-destructive behavior...i.e. drugs/alcohol

These are just a few of the "symptoms" that seem to occur prior to, during, or after post-traumatic stress sets in for some people.  It's also possible that only a few of these things are present.  Although there are many things that can be the same from person to person, it is still a very personal journey.  Remember these alone do not mean that someone has PTSD. 

 Medical teams have specific criteria that must be observed before a diagnosis is determined.  Don't forget that one of the defining factors with PTSD is the re-experiencing of a traumatic event.  Re-experiencing of an event is not always clear cut and it does not occur at the same point in the process for every person.  Some can develop re-experiencing early on, but for someone like me, it took a year before the re-experiencing phenomenon kicked in.  

This list certainly helps develop an appreciation for understanding why it can be difficult to diagnose PTSD and why it can take quite a bit of time before a determination is made.  Remember also that not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD.


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