Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

If you have gone through a traumatic experience and have trouble getting back to feeling normal and reconnecting to others, you may be suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.

Listed below are symptoms that may appear out of the blue:

  • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
  • Flashbacks (acting/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
  • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (heart pounding, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)


  • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts/feelings that remind you of the trauma
  • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Loss of interest in activiates and life in general
  • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
  • Sense of limited future


  • Difficulty falling/staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance
  • Feeling  jumpy and easily startled


  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Feeling alienated and alone
  • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
  • Headaches, stomach problems, chest pain

It is important to seek help and much easier with therapy and support.  You can recover from posttraumatic stress disorder.  If you try to avoid or numb yourself it will only get worse.  You can’t escape your emotions-they emerge when you are under stress or let down your guard.  You can heal your relationships  and regain your ability to function and improve your general quality of life.


Donna Jantz, LPC

7600 East Arapahoe Road
Suite 302
Centennial, CO 80112

Phone: 720-351-0052