Looking further into PTSD and Complex PTSD. We have touched on this subject before but the information on this disorder never ends. The symptoms have far reaching effects to the patient and those around them. Far from being just about the condition and it’s host. Affecting the lives of all those around the patient. Many symptoms come and go. Does medication provide temporary relief or is it something that should be considered for life in this case.
What flicks that switch?
Triggers are so difficult to pin point and quite often random. Ranging from a noise or smell. Importantly it can appear like the trigger bares not relation to the causal event. Although it can be that there was a noise going on outside the room in which the causal event took place. The brain is too busy trying to hide the main event itself, what seem like tiny detail can be left floating around in the memory. Complex PTSD is a real issue where this is concerned due to there being more than one event. The smallest of triggers can start the brain firing like a war zone. Triggers can be started from any of the events complicating the original trauma.
This form of PTSD is common among those in the emergency services.
Those working in the emergency services often deal with traumatic events. Attending accidents and traumatic events on a daily basis. Witnessing the trauma being suffered by those they are helping. Events we view as hugely significant have to be treated and dealt with as just another shift at work. Adrenaline pumping just by attending the event can cause all kinds of health issues for first responders. Cortisol being produced almost certainly every time they attend a shift at work.
Looking further into PTSD and Complex PTSD
Our misfortune is a normal day at work for them. Police, fire and ambulance are always the first on the scene. What we seem to always forget is they may be feeling a little off that day. Worrying about spouses and children while trying to drive an emergency vehicle under a blue light through heavy traffic. Not just trying to get to the emergency but not creating another one. Responsibility that must weigh heavy some days more than others. Brain fog being one of the more common symptoms would almost certainly cause issues when trying to concentrate. Behaving just like a computer hard drive it is possible to overload the brain with too many thought processes. Couple with the fact they are trying to deal with multitasking whilst their brains are firing off with many different thoughts simultaneously.
When a computer hard drive is overloaded it crashes. Creating burn out in many with PTSD. Periodically it all gets too much and the brain just crashes. Many different thoughts and images shooting off all over the brain. Difficult to know which one to deal with first. During an episode of PTSD it can be the sole ambition to get through one day having completed the simplest of tasks. Severe brain fog can make the tasks we take for granted everyday difficult. Multitasking becomes a major issue. Of course these symptoms will vary in severity from time to time and from person to person.
Poor short term memory
Short term memory can suffer also. Making lists of items to remember the next day can help with this and also give you a sense of achievement as you cross items off the list. On the other hand memory distortion can be very frustrating. Having listened to the spouse of a sufferer they found it very frustrating that their other half forgot the easiest of things often. Difficult for everyone involved these symptoms can cause the sufferer great frustration also. For many the frustration can lead to intermittent rage. Also very draining, just getting through another day having completed a couple of the tasks they have set themselves takes so much energy. Feeling drained and tired can make the other symptoms seem worse and certainly make them more difficult to manage.