As a peer supporter, it is important that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder so that you can help your friend or colleague before it gets worse. Symptoms don’t always appear immediately after a traumatic event. Sometimes the symptoms will appear months to years after the incident. According to the Mayo clinic, there are four types of symptoms associated with PTSD.

Intrusive Memories

These are unwanted memories that make a person relive the horrific details of the event. They can come in dreams or during daily activities and it can set off emotional distress. You may see your peer stop sleeping as much because they are trying to avoid dreaming.

Avoidance

A lot of times, when someone has experienced a traumatic event, often times they shut down and refuse to talk about it. They avoid people and places so that they don’t have to discuss or remember the situation.

Negative Changes in Mood

Sometimes the aftermath of a traumatic event can cause depression-like symptoms. These people often have negative feelings toward themselves or others, feel numb to surroundings, and have a lack of interest in things they once enjoyed. They may even start feeling hopeless about the future.

Changes in Emotions

We may see our peers become almost like strangers; people that we don’t recognize anymore. They become irritable and aggressive. They may even start displaying self-destructive behavior. They may have changes in their sleep patterns, such as not sleeping enough or sleeping too much.

If you are noticing these symptoms occurring in someone you know and want to help them, check out our peer support program today.