Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm really sorry if this question upsets you, if it does I am so sorry and you don't have to answer it. But, one of my best friends was recently diagnosed with PTSD, and I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about it? I'm sorry for asking you this but I don't know who else to ask, and I know next to nothing about it. Again, sorry if this question is out of line.
In regards to what it is and everything? I answered an ask here about what it is, but I can go into a little more detail with regards to symptoms and things.
The symptoms of PTSD are quite aggressive, and very unpleasant. The symptoms are categorised into three types - reexperiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal.
Re-experiencing involves the active symptoms of reliving the traumatic event. This is usually in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the event. Avoidance involves the attempt to avoid reminders of the event, including people, places, and even sounds, smells and tastes. Hyperarousal the state of being easily startled and on edge. People suffering from PTSD can also have other problems, including depression and anxiety, and even physical symptoms like headaches, dizziness, stomach pains etc. Generally, the re-experiencing symptoms will be triggered by a reminder of the event or an intrusive thought, but they can just happen out of nowhere, too.
This is a good post, and I just want to second the part about not sneaking up on your friend. One of my PTSD symptoms is hypervigilance, which just basically means I am hyper aware of my surroundings constantly. Little sounds that I can’t identify will send me into absolute panic attacks sometimes. However, back to my point about sneaking up on people with PTSD: one of my friends once thought it would be funny to step out of his bedroom unexpectedly when I was walking past it. I couldn’t think straight because my hypervigilance basically took over my brain, so (and this is all a blur in my memory) I whipped around and smashed his head into the wall. It left a hole in his hallway, he needed six stitches on his forehead, and he had one bitch of a black eye and a broken nose.
Without PTSD, a person would maybe just jump and be a bit startled. With PTSD, your brain percieves normally harmless things like that as a threat, and it can cause sufferers to react violently.
In conclusion: be gentle with your friend, or else you could get your face smashed into drywall and if your friend is like me, the guilt from accidentally hurting someone you care about can spiral them into depression very very quickly.