"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." – Martin Luther King Jr.
Are you experiencing post-trauma stress?
Some level of stress is inevitable in today’s world and for many it is thought to be desirable in keeping them motivated.
Some events, such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, unexpected unemployment, and severe debt, can be extremely stressful, traumatic, and emotionally difficult to deal with and these kinds of experiences may cause prolonged distraction, preoccupation, sadness, or anger about these things.
Other stressors, however, can be so serious and horrifying that they can cause longer-term drama in our life often resulting in a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Such experiences include combat, assault, rape, prolonged abuse, or observing serious, violent, or sudden and unexpected death of another person. What distinguishes these stressful events from trauma is whether they involved an immediate threat to life or physical injury or violation.
Signs & symptoms of post-trauma stress.
A diagnosis of PTSD is considered when:
Someone has experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others, and the response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.
However, if people don't meet all the criteria below they may well still be experiencing prolonged post-trauma stress and be prevented from recovery through being stuck in the process of moving on.
To meet the diagnostic criteria of PTSD a person would need to be experiencing symptoms from the following categories and have had them longer than 4 weeks.