Patient Comments: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with posttraumatic stress disorder?

Comment from: plmcat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I have panic all the time, I worry constantly, it can take me hours to get out of the house, anytime anything is out of my control, I'm full of anxiety because I don't know what might happen. It's a terrible way to live. I can't sleep at night because I worry about everything. I get sweaty, my heart races, I feel like I'm going to die and wish I would. I've been dealing with this all my life and tried so many things that haven't worked.

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Comment from: plmcat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Terrors, can't breathe, heart pounding or fluttering, can't sleep, bingeing and purging, isolation, sweating, avoidance, scared all the time of anything that isn't in my control. I just want to sit in the corner and disappear.

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Comment from: Lucille51, 65-74 Male Published: May 18

A friend of mine had wife to die in April of 2010 and son in July 2010. He has had 4 accidents since the deaths. Last accident, he just came in and out of reality. The accident last was on Feb. 15, 2011. He got out of car and told by standers to call our family and gave them the number to call. Within an hour the hospital send him to another state. When our family visited him, they said there was nothing physically wrong with him to cause this condition. He was on a ventilator for a couple of days; got off and was doing fine. Suddenly, they sent him to a nursing home and he is losing all hope and doesn't seem to remember much at all. Sometimes he recognizes us and sometimes he doesn't. This is so hard to understand. Can anyone out there relate to this. He was walking fine and then just quit--now stays in bed and will not talk, focus, etc---only calls his son's name. What possible thing could have happened besides maybe a mental breakdown. If anyone knows anyone who has had this problem, please reply as this man has no family left and we are trying to help him. He just turned 72 in April.

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Comment from: worrywort, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I am constantly worrying. I don't like large crowds. I cry easily. Sometimes in certain situations I get overwhelmed. Heart beating fast. Sweaty palms. Just an overall want to run away and hide. I do not believe in pills. So I go thru life like this. I am so sick of it. It gets too much at times.

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Published: February 24

My posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms are severe vertigo, nausea and vomiting, nightmares, chest pains, lapses in memory, inability to sleep, and confusion.

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Comment from: Michael, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

With posttraumatic stress disorder, I have racing thoughts, confusion, sleeplessness, excessive worrying, suicidal thoughts, and tearfulness.

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Comment from: WEM461, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder from a marriage to an abusive and violent man. It really did a lot to my mind, and I will never be the same. The nightmares are still the worst. My advice to a lot of women who are out there living the same way, is to get out before it destroys your mind totally, like it almost did mine, abuse and violence is a horrible thing to go through, let alone fear for your life.

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