Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

symptoms checklist

Not all PTSD is a result of military combat. Many people who experience these symptoms have been abused by people whose role was to love and protect them. But through their own shortcomings, they were unable to do that. And did the opposite instead.

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories
  • Reliving it as if the trauma were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the trauma
  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the trauma
  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

Hope is found in The Lord Jesus Christ!

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. ISAIAH 61

If symptoms persist, please contact a Christian mental health professional in your area.