What Does PTSD Look Like in Adulthood

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Recognizing the Echoes: What PTSD Looks Like in Adulthood

Warm Greetings to All Resilient Hearts,

As an expert in Childhood Trauma, I’ve spent years helping women navigate the complex aftermath of their early experiences. Today, I want to address a critical aspect of this journey—identifying the signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adulthood, a condition often stemming from unresolved childhood trauma.

Understanding PTSD in Adulthood

PTSD is not confined to veterans or those who’ve experienced large-scale disasters. It can equally arise from personal histories of trauma such as abuse, neglect, or any profoundly distressing event in childhood.

Recognizing PTSD in your adult life is crucial because, unlike childhood, you now have the power and resources to seek help and heal so you no longer feel stuck and held back by your past.

Signs of PTSD in Adult Women:

  1. Intrusive Memories or Flashbacks: Sudden, vivid recollections of the traumatic event that feel as real as when they happened. These memories can come at unexpected times, causing significant distress or even physical reactions.
  2. Avoidance: Steering clear of places, people, or activities that are reminders of the trauma. This might mean avoiding certain movies, social settings, or even driving a car if the trauma involved an accident.
  3. Negative Changes in Thinking and Mood: Feelings of hopelessness, memory problems, negative thoughts about yourself or others, and the world—a persistent sense of numbness or detachment from family, friends, and activities you once enjoyed.
  4. Hyperarousal and Reactivity: Being easily startled, feeling tense or “on edge,” having difficulty sleeping, and angry outbursts. This state of increased psychological tension can significantly impair your ability to live a peaceful life.

Healing From PTSD

Recognizing these symptoms is the first step towards healing. If these signs resonate with you, consider these next steps:

  • Professional Therapy: Treatments like Breath-work or working with specialists that understand the hidden impact of childhood and how to help you move through it without years of therapy.
  • Support Groups: Connecting with others who have similar experiences can provide comfort and insights into your own journey.
  • Self-Care Practices: Engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, and practicing mindfulness or meditation can help regulate your body’s stress responses.

Conclusion: Embrace Your Healing Journey

If you recognize signs of PTSD in yourself, it’s important to remember that this is not a life sentence—recovery is very much within your reach. Embracing your past with the intention to heal transforms the narrative from one of victimhood to one of courageous survival and strength.

Your journey might be tough, and at times, it may feel lonely, but remember, you are not alone. There is a community and professional support ready to hold your hand through this. Every step you take towards healing is a rebellion against the hold of trauma on your life.

With empathy, faith empowerment

Sarah Rees-Evans – Childhood Trauma, Inner Resilience and Wellness Specialist for Women

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