5. Use alcohol or drugs to forget about how badly you feel.
6. Feel numb or seem like you have no feelings.
7. Trouble spending time with friends and family.
8. Less interest in doing the things you enjoy.
PTSD does not go away unless it is treated. You may be treated in your caregiver's office or clinic. Your caregiver will talk to you about your fears and worries. Caregivers will ask you questions about your symptoms and other events in your life. Your caregiver may also want your family to come to some meetings. These meetings can help you and your family better understand PTSD.
To prevent long-lasting symptoms, tell friends and family members what you are going through. Medicine may be used to calm you and to help you sleep. You may need to go into the hospital for more treatment.
Teach yourself and others about PTSD. Accepting that you have PTSD may be hard. You and those close to you may feel angry, sad, or frightened. These are normal feelings. Talk to your caregiver, family, and friends about your feelings. You may also want to join a support group. This is a group of people who also have PTSD. Call or write any of the following organizations for more information about PTSD.
After taking the PTSD Survey if you answer yes to at least 6 of the questiojns and it is 6 months after the event (or events), you are probably suffering from PTSD. If you think that you may be suffering from PTSD, you answered yes to 6 or more of the questions, you suffer from anxiety, depression or any other emotional difficulty it would be best for you to see a mental health professional.
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