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Am I struggling with PTSD?

Like other people in New Jersey, you expect your work environment to be a safe one. However, as numerous news stories can testify, workplaces can become the scene of violence – sometimes at the hands of total strangers and other times at the hands of a co-worker. If you have witnessed a traumatic event, you may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Mental Health America, every year, 14 million people in the United States have PTSD. There are a wide range of symptoms and these include the following:

  •          Depression
  •          Nightmares
  •          Anxiety
  •          Constant feeling of fear
  •          Panic attacks

Additionally, you may be feeling a sense of guilt, especially if some of your co-workers died, or you could be having problems physically such as stomach pain, a chest burning sensation or even headaches. This can leave you feeling isolated and lead to a desire to avoid people. You may even be unable to enjoy activities that you once did or experience a sense of numbness.

It is important to understand that these symptoms can appear at any time after the event. You may have felt okay at first and even carried on your normal lifestyle for a short while before the emotions surfaced. The important thing is to recognize that such feelings are not normal and that you need to get professional health rather than turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to get rid of the inner pain. Thankfully, there is a lot of attention that has been given to this condition and you can join support groups or seek out therapy from those who understand what you are going through. 

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