How to know if PTSD is getting worse

For some people, merely recalling a traumatic event feels just like going through it all over again. PTSD affects not only the individual, but others around that person as well. Many people recover with support of family and friends, but some develop PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that may last a lifetime if appropriate help is not received. PTSD symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, social withdrawal, numb to emotion, constantly being on guard, and panic attacks. Alcohol and drug abuse are common ways people deal with PTSD, but this is very unhealthy and can lead to health risks. If the individual’s symptoms get worse, or do not leave after 3-6 months, they need immediate help. Mental health professionals are ideal for people who withdraw from social interaction. It may be difficult to get them there at first, but in the end it will lead to hopeful recovery. PTSD can happen to anybody, and knowing the symptoms can possibly save a life. If you or a loved one is dealing with PTSD and have suicidal thoughts or actions, please use this free resource that is available 24/7. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is: 800-273-8255. Do not hesitate to call this number if you or a loved one is dealing with extreme symptoms.