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How can PTSD affect your life?

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PTSD can affect your life in several ways. Your days may be filled with reminders of the trauma, in the form of nightmares and flashbacks. These constant reminders are quite distressing, as it feels as if you are going through the trauma again, each time you have a nightmare or a flashback. Hence, your fear and anxiety responses are heightened, and this contributes to your hyperarousal and hypervigilance, where you are easily startled and jumpy at every sudden noise or movement, and you are constantly on the lookout for any signs of danger, as you do not want the trauma to occur again.

So when you are on high alert and have hyperarousal, you can have sleep disturbances, appetite problems, and fatigue from all the energy expediture required to be on constant watch and vigilance.

Also, when you have PTSD, it can affect your work and relationships. At work, PTSD can affect your concentration and focus, so that you are not able to complete tasks and your work performance suffers. With relationships, PTSD can put a strain on them, as you can seem suspicious and paranoid to others, as you are constantly on the lookout for danger and the trauma reoccurring.

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answered Feb 20, 2016 by drcarlo (294,430 points)