on September 10th, 2017

PTSD Poll/Question Results - How many hours per day, do you lose to your PTSD/C-PTSD?

                     PTSD Poll/Question Results - How many hours per day, do you lose to your PTSD/C-PTSD?

PTSD Poll/Question Results:

The results are now in for our latest PTSD Poll/question on 'How many hours per day, do you lose to your PTSD/C-PTSD?'
The Poll received a great response as always smiley  This was an anonymous poll and I would like to thank everyone who took part smiley

The results are as follows:

20% of those who took part said they lost 4-6hrs per day, to PTSD/C-PTSD

15% of those who took part said they lost 6-8hrs per day, to PTSD/C-PTSD

15% of those who took part said they lost pretty much all day, to PTSD/C-PTSD

10% of those who took part said they were too dissociated to notice time passing and keep track of their day

15% of those who took part said they lost under an hour per day to PTSD/C-PTSD

10% of those who took part said they lost 1-2hrs per day, to PTSD/C-PTSD

15% of those who took part said they lost 3-4hrs per day to PTSD/C-PTSD

For those who are having to live with and manage the symptoms of their PTSD/C-PTSD, many find that a large amount of their day can be taken up with the experiencing and management of their symptoms.

The most characteristic symptoms of PTSD/C-PTSD are re-experiencing symptoms. Those affected by PTSD/C-PTSD involuntarily re-experience aspects of the traumatic event in a very vivid and distressing way making it for many, feel as though they are reliving the original experience. This includes flashbacks where the person acts or feels as if the event was recurring; nightmares; and repetitive and distressing intrusive images or other sensory effects from the traumatic event. Reminders of the traumatic event arouse intense distress and/or physiological reactions which can be extremely distressing to the individual and to those around them.

Avoidance of reminders of the trauma is another core symptom of PTSD/C-PTSD. This includes people, situations or circumstances resembling or associated with the event. People with PTSD/C-PTSD often try to push memories of the event out of their mind and avoid thinking or talking about it in detail, particularly about its worst moments. On the other hand, many ruminate excessively about questions that prevent them from coming to terms with the event (for example, about why the event happened to them, about how it could have been prevented, or about how they could take revenge).

PTSD/C-PTSD sufferers also experience symptoms of hyperarousal including hypervigilance for threat, exaggerated startle responses, irritability and difficulty concentrating, and sleep problems. Others also describe symptoms of emotional numbing, dissociative fugue, amnesia, depersonalisation, identity alteration. These include lack of ability to experience feelings, feeling detached from other people, giving up previously significant activities, and amnesia for significant parts of the event.

Symptoms of PTSD/C-PTSD often develop immediately after the traumatic event but in some (less than 15% of all sufferers) the onset of symptoms may be delayed. Those suffering with PTSD/C-PTSD may not present for treatment for months or years after the onset of symptoms despite the considerable distress experienced.  PTSD/C-PTSD is a treatable disorder even when problems present many years after the traumatic event.

Symtoms which can affect day to day living - this list is not exhaustive...
•    Nightmares
•    Flashbacks
•    Memory and concentration problems
•    Hyperarousal
•    Hypervigilance
•    Intrusive memories
•    Avoidance
•    Abnormal startle reponses
•    Feeling worse when reminded of trauma
•    Out-of-body experiences
•    Derealization
•    Amnesia
•    Fragmented sense of self and identity

•    Panic attacks
•    Claustrophobia

Substance Abuse
•    Alcoholism
•    Drug addiction

The symptoms of complex PTSD are similar to symptoms of PTSD but may include: Feelings of shame and guilt, difficulty controlling emotions, periods of losing attention and concentration – this is known as dissociation.  Physical symptoms – such as headaches, dizziness, chest pains and stomach aches, isolating themselves from friends and family, relationship difficulties, destructive or risky behaviour – such as self-harm, alcohol misuse or drug abuse and suicidal thoughts

Unfortunately, when you have gone through a myriad of traumatic events, it provides the opportunity for a wide variety of things to act as reminders. Smells, sounds, certain words or conversations, news stories, pictures, scenes in movies or a cumulative stress build-up over time. 

Memory loss as a result of PTSD/C-PTSD  can make it difficult for sufferers to complete even routine tasks like mailing letters or getting to appointments.  Finding and keeping a job is often very difficult for persons with PTSD/C-PTSD.  Hippocampal damage can reduce capacity for learning due to the impact of stress on neural regeneration in the hippocampus. In addition to having difficulties remembering the time and place of an appointment, there is added difficulty in learning new tasks required by the employer. 

Another kind of "memory loss" has to do with aphasia, or the loss of the ability to speak and understand language. According to Louis Cozolino, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, there is an "inhibitory effect on Broca's area that will impair the encoding of conscious memory for traumatic events at the time they occur." A person might know which word he is trying to say but end up saying a completely different word. Loss of effective communication damages chances for a person with PTSD/C-PTSD to be able to conduct a successful interview or pass classes, exams etc

Impairment of communication is drastic in relationships, especially intimate relationships. The inability to hold down a job because of memory problems contributes to stress within live-in relationships and possible feelings of shame in the person with PTSD/C-PTSD. 
Symptoms of PTSD impair one's ability to function in the workplace and in society and to hold meaningful relationships because of the effect of trauma on the brain and the way one responds to stress and emotional information.

For those with dissociative symptoms as a result of their experiences and their PTSD/C-PTSD managing day to day tasks, activities can be extremely difficult, especially for those with Dissociative Identity Disorder which can disrupt day to day life significantly.  

Someone with PTSD/C-PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult, can find themselves extremely fatigued and tired throughout the day, making parenting difficult, driving hazardous and managing simple tasks feel like a mountain which in turn can increase a persons sense of stress and anxiety.

There is no quick fix, but have patience with yourself and your symptoms of PTSD/C-PTSD. It may be difficult for others around you to fully appreciate the day to day struggles you go through, some will be able to appreciate just how tough things can be, others sadly will not. Everything you are experiencing is 'normal' and because of the experiences you have gone through. Whatever happened wasn’t your fault and it will get improve.  You will get tough days, but you will also get better days when things feel more managable and in your control.  It may feel at times as though nothing will improve, but with time, kindness, patience and a bit of self love, it can improve for you, even when it feels it never will  <3


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