Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging to struggle with. Over time, symptoms change and evolve, and many individuals do not get the help they need until years after symptoms start. Early intervention is the best defense against worsening mental health, and it equips individuals with the necessary tools to live happy, healthy, and productive lives while managing their mental health disorder. By recognizing the early warning signs of PTSD, individuals struggling can get the help they need sooner to facilitate successful healing.
What Causes PTSD?
Many individuals that have symptoms of PTSD live in denial that they are experiencing them. However, knowing that you went through an event that can cause PTSD can help you move towards accepting that you might be struggling more than you’re willing to admit.
PTSD is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic or terrifying event. The event can be a single instance, or it can be ongoing. Not everyone will develop PTSD from the same event, but it is crucial to realize that people process trauma differently.
Common events that cause PTSD include:
- Domestic abuse
- Natural disasters
- Physical or sexual assault
- Military combat
- Ongoing childhood abuse
- Car crashes
- Racism, sexism, and other types of discrimination
Early On-Set Symptoms
If you have gone through a traumatic event and have been struggling with negative symptoms ever since it is wise to consider the possibility of PTSD. While you should always go to a mental health professional to be clinically diagnosed and get the help you need, noticing symptoms in yourself can prompt you to seek professional help in the first place.
Common early signs of PTSD include, but are not limited to:
- Intrusive thoughts/memories
- Changes in severity of physical/emotional reactions
- Avoidance (especially concerning the traumatic event)
- Memory problems
- A pessimistic outlook on life
- Difficulty maintaining interpersonal relationships
If you find that you struggle with one or more of the things on this list after experiencing a traumatic event, reach out for help. Experts are available to help you heal and be successful in recovery. Don’t wait. Get help today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone at any time. While symptoms may take time to develop, early intervention is your best chance at a full recovery. For this reason, learning the early warning signs of PTSD can prompt those struggling to reach out for professional help. Alta Loma Transformational Services understands that mental health can be challenging to navigate, but we provide men of all ages with comprehensive treatment plans to address addiction and underlying issues. We know your journey is unique, so we tailor our treatment program to fit your needs. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.