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Anonymous asked in Social SciencePsychology · 4 weeks ago

Is this PTSD? ?

Recently I keep getting flashbacks of something that happened when I was around 11/12. Me and my parents went on a family holiday to Egypt. Whilst we were there my family sent me on a horseback riding trip alone with two Egyptian men into the desert. I remember not wanting to go but they wanted time to themselves so they made me. I was absolutely terrified the whole time, neither of the men spoke English and spent a lot of the time yelling at me for not understanding them. I was out with them from early morning until it was dark when they dropped me off back at my hotel for my parents to pick me up. Nothing bad happened as far as I can remember but recently I’ve found myself feeling very traumatised by it. When I think about it I get all shaken up and feel like I’m going to cry. Even though nothing bad happened. I think as I’ve grown older (22 now) I’ve realised what a dangerous situation I was in and how things could have turned out very different. Is it weird for me to be feeling like this? 

Update:

I’d like to add. I get a lot of negative symptoms from this. It is affecting my every day life. My sleep. My relationships with others and my work life.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    No, that's not PTSD. It's a bad memory, nothing more. Symptoms of actual PTSD include;

    ''Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

    Hypervigilance (On constant ‘red alert’)

    Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. Pounding heart, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)

    Irritability or outbursts of anger

    Irrational and intense fear

    Reduced tolerance to noise (hyperacusis)

    Difficulty concentrating

    Being easily moved to tears

    Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings

    Feeling jumpy and easily startled

    Difficulty falling or staying asleep

    Anger or aggressive behaviour

    Tense muscles

    Avoidance and numbing

    Work-related or relationship problems

    Inability to remember important aspect of the trauma

    Loss of interest in activities and life in general

    Sense of a limited future

    Feeling numb and empty

    Avoidance of people and places

    Feeling isolated

    Frequent periods of withdrawal into oneself

    Re-experiencing the traumatic event

    Flashbacks (Acting or feeling like the event is happening again)

    Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)

    Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma

     Other common symptoms

    Feeling suicidal

    Self harm and self-destructive tendencies

    Feeling distrustful and suspicious/blaming others

    Guilt, Shame, embarrassment or self blame

    Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling and/or food

    Exhaustion

    Seeking out high-risk/dangerous pursuits

    Physical aches and pains

    Over-reactions to minor situations

    Fear of being alone and fear of being in crowds''

    https://www.ptsduk.org/what-is-ptsd/symptoms-of-pt...

    Source(s): I have PTSD after being held against my will and raped in a foreign country.
  • 4 weeks ago

    No that seems logical.

    You should see a doctor to be sure.

  • 4 weeks ago

    i think thats possible

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