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INformation, Resources, and Support for Women with PTSD

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive. While the person suffering may realize their anxiety is too much, they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder to name a few. Collectively, they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans. (National Institute for Mental Health)

Severe anxiety and panic may be only two of several symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The person will have recurring images of the traumatic event, often with the same degree of anxiety as during the event itself. Or, he will suddenly feel as though the event is occurring in the present. Recurring nightmares of the trauma are dramatic and disturbing. Nightmares, anxiety, or depression can disturb sleep. The person may remain tense and anxious throughout the day, and may startle easily. Episodes of panic attacks may occur when expected, or completely out of the blue.

As they become more mentally involved with these experiences, the traumatized individuals begin to withdraw from the world, show less emotion, and become disinterested in people and activities that were once important. They avoid any situations that might stimulate memories of the traumatic event. Guilt, depression, and sudden outbursts of aggressive behavior may also surface. Drug and alcohol abuse develop in some as they attempt to manage these responses and the generalized anxiety that may occur.

Anxiety, and Panic Attacks