PTSD Scorecard

July 6, 2011

First I want to stress that the actual diagnosis of PTSD should be done by a professional.  Though I may have experienced some of it I am not qualified to diagnose anyone.  My wife is a licensed psychologist and certainly is qualified to do this diagnosis but she is in California and her license only extends to California’s borders.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) as some people refer to it usually occurs after some traumatic incident.  A normal reaction would be for someone to feel sad or frightened or anxious.  Under normal circumstances these feelings subside and eventualy pass.  However, when the experience is so overwhelming and the person cannot move on and constantly either relive the experience or cannot shake the feeling of fear or danger.  This may be the beginning of PTSD.   You are stuck.

Some of the signs of PTSD are:

1.  When someone keeps reliving the traumatic event.

2. Someone avoids reminders of the trauma

3. Someone has increased anxiety and emotional feelings about other things.

One thing that most experts agree on is the importance of facing the issue and to refeel your memories and emotions.  So as you can see, the symptoms are working directly against the cure.

We encourage sufferers to open up to themselves about their PTSD by entering something into our blog.  This will be anonymous but visual to all.  Each blogger will be able to face their PTSD moment or moments and begin to deal with them.  There is no limit on how much can be written or how often the writer can participate.

This blogging will only be the first step toward recovery but the first step, as they say, is the most difficult.  The journey begins by committing to get better and if that means the family and friends have to continue to encourage them than that is what s required.