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Associated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder That Affects The Newtown Tragedy:  Adults Who See This Tragedy on Their TV’s and Computers  (Part 2 of 3) Symptoms of Associative PTSD.

Below are the emotional and physical symptoms that indicate that the person is suffering from what I call “Associative PSTD”.

Situational Symptoms:

Excessive viewing the reporting on the event.

Obsessive discussion of the events

Change in life patterns (i.e. sleeping and eating patterns) since the tragedy was first reported

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Flashbacks about the incident or about incidents in ones own life that has been traumatic.
  • Thoughts that connect with other difficult events in one’s life
  • Feeling remote detached or
  • Being excessively clingy,
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty focusing,
  • Startling easily.
  • Not feeling safe, even though there is no immediate danger
  • Inability to sleep or desire to escape to sleep
  • Excessive use of alcohol, using drugs,

 Physical Symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea,
  • Fainting,
  • Feeling like your heart is going to jump out of your chest. Headaches,

In the next blog I will give six different treatments that can be used to treat folks who are suffering from Associative PTSD.

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