Although this website is devoted to the scientific study of adversarial growth, it is important not to down-play or dismiss the negative and severely distressing aspects of coming to terms with a highly stressful life event. Stressful and traumatic life experience can lead to anxiety disorders, most commonly diagnosed as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here we provide a list of the symptoms most commonly associated with PTSD and point you to websites and online resources for more information.
- Have you experienced a stressful or traumatic event?
- Do you still have disturbing thoughts and memories of the event?
- Do you feel very upset when something reminds you of the event, and/or try to avoid these reminders?
- Do you feel irritable or always “on guard”?
- Are you disinterested in life, or feeling disconnected from other people?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
If so, you might be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can sometimes occur in people who have survived traumatic experiences. PTSD is not a character fault, and it does not mean that suffering is permanent or that later post-traumatic growth is impossible. Rather, PTSD is a treatable psychological condition resulting from excessive stress.
To learn more about PTSD, you might wish to use the following resources:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: PubMed Health
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): NIMH
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
To learn more about the effective treatments for PTSD, and how to find help, you might wish to use the following resources: