Offering Hope and Encouragement in the Midst of Sorrow

The information offered is in no way to be used as a substitute for seeking help from your healthcare provider. If you are having feelings of depression, anxiety or desperation please seek help from a health care provider immediately. 

             What are the signs and symptoms of Post     

                        Traumatic Stress Syndrome?

   What are the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome?

  • Repeated and upsetting memories of the loss, including images and thoughts about the event
  • Nightmares or distressing dreams
  • Loss of appetite, or eating too much
  • Re-living the loss, flashbacks about the event that roll like movies across your mind
  • Strong emotions when seeing reminders of the event, people or places
  • Reacting physically with symptoms such as chills, nausea or rapid heart rate when faced with reminders of the death
  • Not wanting to have medical tests or procedures done
  • Attempting to avoid thoughts, feelings or conversations about the loss
  • Avoiding activities, people, or places that serve as reminders of the loss
  • Having difficulty remembering details about the loss
  • Inability to enjoy activities you once enjoyed
  • A feeling of detachment from family or friends
  • Feelings of emotional numbness
  • Concluding that the goals you once had will not be achieved (growing old, having grandchildren)
  • Sleep-related problems: insomnia, fatigue, sleeping too much
  • Nervousness
  • Denial, refusing to acknowledge that something very stressful has happened to you
  • Angry outbursts or irritability, frequent arguments with family members or coworkers
  • Excessive feelings of guilt
  • Anxiety, depression, suicidal behavior or thoughts (Please seek help immediately if you are experiencing these feelings).
  • Blaming ourselves or others we love
  • Paranoia
  • Fear
  • Inability to focus, concentrate, or make a clear decision, shortened attention span, disorientation
  • Being easily startled
  • A feeling of being overly vigilant

Sometimes physical complaints accompany PTSD symptoms.

  • Stomach pains, constipation or diarrhea, vomiting
  • Problems breathing, feeling short of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Cramps or aching muscles
  • Back pain
  • Rapid heart rate

(If you are experiencing any physical symptoms, please see a healthcare professional. When describing your symptoms to them, be sure to advise them of your loss.)