Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in people who have experienced or witnessed a shocking or dangerous event. It can be completely debilitating and, in some cases, can prompt sufferers to take their own lives.
As a very generic overview, the four main types of PTSD symptoms include:
A diagnosis of PTSD is rendered when these symptoms last longer than a month and cause significant distress or impairment in activities of daily living.
Anyone of these symptoms could mean you're suffering from PTSD:
Difficulty managing your emotions
Irregular thought pattern
It is normal for people to experience moments of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal throughout our lives. Someone living with PTSD will experience those states much more frequently and intensely than someone not living with PTSD.
The window of tolerance describes the best state of arousal or stimulation in which we are able to function and thrive in everyday life. When we exist within this window, we are able to learn effectively, play, and relate well to ourselves and others. Someone living with PTSD has a difficult time remaining within their window of tolerance, and must work harder to return to their window of tolerance after moments of hyper- or hypo-arousal.