Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cancer + PTSD

PTSD is something that you and your family could be confronted with. Post Tramatic Stress Disorder can come easily with such an earth shattering diagnosis to your child. What are the sympotoms of PTSD?
Well, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs there are four types of symptoms of PTSD:
  1. Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms) You may have bad memories or nightmares. You even may feel like you’re going through the event again. This is called a flashback.
  2. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event you may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.
  3. Negative changes in beliefs and feelings. The way you think about yourself and others may change because of the trauma. You may feel fear, guilt, or shame. Or, you may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy. This is another way to avoid memories. Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
  4. You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. This is known as hyperarousal.
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