15 PTSD Signs & Symptoms | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Alterations of the sleeping habits

Nightmares
Alterations of the sleeping habits, Nightmares

Sleeping with posttraumatic stress disorder does not feel the same, and patients often feel drowsy and irritable because they have intrusive negative thoughts and have not achieved a good night’s sleep. Each case of PTSD may be associated with a different type of sleeping problems. Some of them might be unable to fall asleep, and others wake up in the middle of the night and have problems getting back to sleep, wake up several times during the night or earlier than intended.

One of the reasons why sleep is interrupted is because of recurrent nightmares associated with elements in the traumatic event. These individuals may even develop fear to go to bed and wake up with another nightmare, and this influences their mood and performance the night after.

PTSD Symptoms, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Post traumatic stress disorder

As you have seen posttraumatic stress disorder is not only having a traumatic event and continually thinking about it. It is a combination of intense symptoms that can be classified in intrusive symptoms, avoidance symptoms, and reactivity or symptoms of increased state of arousal. Diagnosing and treating posttraumatic stress disorder is a complex endeavor that only a skilled specialist should attempt, and there are different ways to detect and treat the same condition in children and adults. Therefore, if you have experienced the symptoms, we have described in this article do not wait for longer and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

References

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PTSD Symptoms