Are the memories too real? …….. I just can’t deal……. HELP!

PTSD has been classified by many terms throughout the years (i.e shell shock, psychiatric collapse, combat fatigue or war neurosis). Some may argue that some traumatic events that have occurred in their life did not affect them, physically or mentally. Yes, it may not affect them right then, but the symptoms can creep in at any time.

Stress and Traumatic Disorder doesn't discriminate, it can affect any and everyone. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is the first step in understanding what you may be struggling with. Understanding how these disorders come about and the difference between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder is the second step.

What is Acute Stress Disorder?

Acute Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that is the precursor to the diagnosis of PTSD. ASD has an onset of 3 days to 1 month after experiencing fear or related symptoms after a traumatic event.

The most common symptoms associated with ACS consist of the following:

  • Intense reaction or avoidance to reminders of the event or thoughts

  • Sleeping problems / Restless Sleep

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability / Often in a angry mood

  • Some Dissociation symptoms (unable to recall certain parts of the event)

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Most people think that PTSD only affects our military population or domestic violence survivors. Some examples of PTSD, vehicle accidents, severe injury, traumatic birth, observing a family member or friend being hurt and threatening death.

However, it can affect anyone, even you. Acute Stress Disorder is the precursor to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms occur within 1 month to 3 month after the traumatic event has taken place.

Most common symptoms associated with PTSD consist of the following:

  • Exposure to traumatic event

  • Intrusive Symptoms thoughts and memories

  • Intrusive dreams ( feeling as if you are reliving the event)

  • Avoidance of the event or place where the traumatic event taken place

  • Flashbacks / Sleep Disturbance

  • Negative mood, mood change, emotionally numb or angry outburst

(feeling of shame, guilt, blame, anger or irritability)

  • Inability to remember, trust or experience happiness


There are different types of exposure to be aware of when it comes to Stress and Traumatic Disorders. Here are the 4 most common:

Direct experience

Witness the event occur

Learning about the event happening to a close family member or friend

Repeated exposure to the traumatic event

It’s ok, HELP is on the way!

Some memories, dreams or thoughts that come about may leave a lasting impression. However, if these thoughts and memories are beginning to plague and haunt your everyday life. There is help.

Being able to admit that help is needed and willing to accept professional help is the first step. Seeking out a professional that is trained in the trauma field and willing to assist is the second step. Third and most important step, having a support system that is willing to be there as you work through the stuck points in (traumatic events) that is haunting your life.

Don’t be afraid to reach out, we are here and willing to help.


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