PTSD Self-System Diagnosis

PTSD Self-System Diagnosis

Foundation … PTSD CHART

A … anxiety becomes anger,
easily chronic amygdala hijack
Never questions emotional assumptions
Never regrets behavior … that retriggers it
Can not remember accurately or review
C … communication prevented … agreements prevented
No open, honest, vulnerable on my part
T … Truth = only her truth. Can’t challenge.
Can only agree with her, no “correction”
Will not question her emotions, impressions
No common ground. No compromise.
S … Hidden truth, secrets, surprises
Defensive reactions to reveal it =AH.
Happiness in denial, pretending.

PROBLEM SOLVING … PTSD Defenses prevent the solving of any problems. Prevent fairness, alternatives, options. Prevent change, problem becomes rigid.

EMOTIONS ENTITLE … Outsiders; at whatever point avoidance takes her toward other relationships, build separate world.


Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include the following:
Intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic event
Extreme physical reactions to reminders of trauma such as a nausea, sweating or a pounding heart
Invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy
Flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening again)
Nightmares of either frightening things or of the event
Loss of interest in life and daily activities
Feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people
Sense of a not leading a normal life (not having a positive outlook of your future)
Avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind you of the tragedy
Difficulty remembering important aspects of a tragic event

Avoidance (one required) – This occurs when a person tries to avoid all reminders of the trauma, including:
Avoiding external reminders of what happened
Avoiding trauma-related thoughts or emotions, sometimes through the use of drugs or alcohol

Changes in Reactivity (two required) – This occurs when a person becomes more easily startled and reacts to frightful experiences more fully, including symptoms of:
Aggression or irritability
Hypervigilance and hyper-awareness
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty sleeping
Heightened startle response
Engaging in destructive or risky behavior
Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep

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