Previously published in Examiner
The symptoms associated with Post traumatic stress disorder
Numbing of emotional response,
Lack of interest,
No hope for the future,
Distancing from other people,
No emotional response to stimuli,
Feeling that death is eminent.
Another symptom is called hyper arousal and occurs because of over sensitivity to normal everyday activity. For example loud noises might remind a veteran of war and trigger an episode of remembering and reliving the traumatizing experience.
Hyper arousal can also cause
Hypervigilance, (being over aware of the your surroundings noticing things most people would not notice, such as a fly on a wall).
Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder will have more severe symptoms such as:
Thoughts of suicide,
Depersonalization (feeling your are outside of yourself watching what is happening as if it was a movie, or feeling you not there, you are insignificant you don’t have any control over anything that is happening to you or for you).
Dissociation, such as having long lapses of memory (fugue) where you just cannot account for that period in time; where you were or what you were doing.
Continual feelings of helplessness, shame, regret,
Continual fear of the perpetrator (e.g., the rapist).
The risk of developing other mental disorders:
Women who have been abused sexually not only run the risk of developing severe post-traumatic stress disorder but may also develop borderline personality disorder as well.
Suffers of post-traumatic stress disorder are often given a double diagnosis, because sufferers can also suffer from bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, depression, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other anxiety disorders.
To be continued
Here are some psychologists specializing in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Montreal
Dr. Bita, Psychologue / Psychologist
5465 Queen Mary
Canada H3X 1V5
Dr. Mary Harsany
345 Victoria Avenue
Canada H3Z 2N2
Dr. Marjorie A Rabiau
1205 De Maisonneuve Street West
Canada H3G 1W7
Dr. Louise Aznavou
2500 Pierre Dupuy
Canada H3C 4L1
3445 Drummond Street, Suite 403
Montréal, Quebec Canada H3G 1X9
phone: (514) 800-1436
fax: (514) 954-2008