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When is an traumatic experience just a traumatic experience and when should i be worried it might be PTSD ?

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Last Updated: 07/11/2017 at 11:16am
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June 1st, 2015 4:27am
Speaking from a psychological point of view, PTSD can not be diagnosed until at least a month after the traumatic event. Any symptoms present from the traumatic event to three days after are considered normal reaction. From 3 days to a month is diagnosed as acute stress disorder. However, you can not diagnosed yourself or anyone else with PTSD. You must get a professional opinion for that.
March 30th, 2015 11:32am
Traumatic experiences are bad experiences that you are able to overcome and it is not significantly impairing your life for a prolonged period of time. While on the other hand, PTSD is not being able to overcome that trauma leading to impairment in various aspects of life (i.e., persistence re-experiencing, alterations in cognitive, mood, arousal, reactivity). If ever in doubt, consult a doctor. They would be able to tell for sure if what you're suffering from is just a traumatic experience or PTSD.
April 21st, 2015 8:00am
The difference is when the affects of a traumatic experience is elongated and starts to affect your entire self. Same with every disorder, starts with a normal reaction, however becomes prolonged and affects functioning. So give yourself 6 months, and see how things are. If your still having trauma attacks after then, then you can worry about PTSD.
May 26th, 2015 6:57am
I am no expert, but I think this has to be a personal question insofar as - how much is it interfering in your life and how bothered are you? I don't think it can ever be too early if you are bothered and want to seek professional help, but I definitely think that if it is interfering in your everyday life, you might want to seek some help to see what options you have to handle it.
August 18th, 2015 4:28pm
It is not recommended that you diagnose yourself with disorders, as it can make us feel a lot worse about a situation, or rough period we are going through. If the traumatic experience was more than a few months ago, and you are experiencing symptoms of ptsd or a disorder related to the incident, it may be worth getting someone else's opinion on it. For example if I had a trauma where someone ate my slice of cake, it would be normal to keep a closer look over my things, and worry a little about thieves for a few weeks or so. However if a few months later, I am experiencing symptoms of paranoia, being overly/unusually protective over my belongings, or having trust issues, it might be something bigger than a trauma. Feel free to chat to a listener if you have any issues or concerns :)
February 15th, 2016 10:32pm
You should be worried if it is PTSD if it last longer than around a month. Also, the symptoms for PTSD are the same as acute stress disorder, but will not last as long. If you feel that you are suffering from PTSD go in and see a doctor so you know right away and what can help! :)
July 30th, 2016 12:56pm
I personally would not be concerned about labelling the traumatic experience and it consequences as PTSD or not (just a diagnsis for simplification overall), rather on how significantly the traumatic experience affects my daily life, what areas of it, if I need support to deal with them
November 7th, 2016 12:16pm
PTSD can start after any traumatic event. A traumatic event is one where you see that you are in danger, your life is threatened, or where you see other people dying or being injured. Like: accidents, Violent personal assault (sexual assault, physical attack, abuse, robbery, mugging).terrorist attack, etc. Even hearing about the unexpected injury or violent death of a family member or close friend can start PTSD. PTSD is characterized with: flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance, being in 'guard; and also healthy problems liks: headache, irregular heart beats, depression and srinking a lot or start to consuming drugs.
May 2nd, 2017 1:48pm
When you have had a traumatic experience it can be just a traumatic experience and you move on. When you start having difficulty with that you could have PTSD. Needing help from professional.
July 11th, 2017 11:16am
Traumatic experiences can bring on PTSD, PTSD is a result of trauma, if you are feeling mentally unwell due to trauma, or it has had a big impact on you and your life then it may be PTSD.