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Are you suffering from PTSD?

There are some occupations in Maryland that place you at a higher risk of being exposed to a traumatic event but it is important to remember that any workplace can be the scene of a horrific accident or crime. If you have witnessed such a scene and you find yourself struggling with symptoms, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that symptoms can involve cognitive, behavioral, physical or emotional changes. In terms of cognitive, you may have a hard time concentrating on tasks or becoming easily confused. Nightmares are a common symptom of PTSD and have been reported by officers or first responders after a catastrophe. Other symptoms may include problems with remembering things or a sense of disorientation.

Behavioral problems can arise because you are trying to deal with the experience on your own or you are reluctant to admit that you need help. This can include a feeling of wanting to stay away from other people or feeling really angry for no legitimate reason. If you are drinking more than usual or pacing, that can be another sign that your body and mind is under severe stress.

The physical changes are often the easiest to identify because you simply won’t feel well. For example, you may find yourself clenching your jaw, having headaches, struggling with nausea or parts of your body may hurt. More severe cases would include problems with breathing, a weak pulse or a rapid one, pupils that are dilated, and severe pain that you cannot explain, especially in your chest.

Seeing something of a shocking nature can also affect you emotionally. This can trigger issues such as depression, anxiety or fear. You may feel overwhelmed by everything around you or feel that you somehow failed to protect someone. If you were in a situation where other people died and you survived, you may feel guilty over that survival. 

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