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If you frequently suffer from feelings of chronic worry, nightmares, moments of panic or nervousness, it’s likely you’re going through symptoms of anxiety. However, while it’s a serious and prevalent problem across society these days, there are a number of blurred lines that make it difficult to assess what form of the condition you’re going through. For instance, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a form of anxiety, which can lead to several other levels of the problem over a significant amount of time.
What is PTSD?
Most people are diagnosed with PTSD after experiencing some kind of life-threatening or traumatic moment. This usually happens after they have come to believe that their life is in danger in some way, shape or form. This then triggers PTSD symptoms, but while these are highly uncomfortable emotions, they don’t need to pose a life-threatening impact on your wellbeing. If you experience unwanted or excessive feelings of being in danger, this may be the result of PTSD. For example, many war veterans deal with this condition as a consequence of former battles and trauma. But these aren’t the only cases. Violence, abuse, rape, grief, death, assault and even natural disasters can all spark this form of anxiety.
What are the symptoms?
To understand whether you’re going through PTSD, it’s always recommended you seek professional guidance. However, there are some pointers that you can compare your situation against, to gain an understanding of whether you’re potentially undergoing the same symptoms. These include:
How is PTSD different from general anxiety?
Although PTSD is a form of anxiety, but other forms also exist. Other forms of anxiety can be just as severe as PTSD, and can manifest in many ways. Some forms include:
Get the help you need
No matter which form of anxiety you feel you may be experiencing, it’s always vital that you seek specialised help with how you’re feeling. Left unattended, this disorder can often spiral into other forms, making it absolutely paramount that you try to get on top of it before this occurs. As always, speak to your GP if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, and remember that there are plenty of resources out there to help you get through your challenges.