There are Physical and mental symptoms one may go through, and not everyone experiences all the symptoms.
Physical symptoms may include sharp pains in the stomach that move all around the abdomen. PTSD can also cause constipation, or even diarrhea. Stress can cause the immune system to weaken, and the heart to work harder. this can cause High blood pressure. staying relaxed and reducing stress is just healthy for anyone, no matter what one’s mental condition is.
Mental Symptoms can be categorized in three groups. re-experience, avoidance, and Hyper arousal. All three can come and go and can happen at any stage of healing.
Re-experiencing symptoms are the feelings of flashbacks, frightening thoughts, and bad dreams and flashbacks. all these can make one feel as if they are going through the attack again. Flashbacks can be so severe that you may smell, feel, taste, or even hear things that remind the survivor of the attack. They can be vary disturbing. With time it’s not as scary and can eventually, be a worthless thought.
Frightening thoughts are scary yet not as severe as flashbacks. again with time they become less scary.
Bad Dreams can be vary real and frightening.
I usually required a friend or family member to calm me down. However before I would go back and redo the dream. Have it going your way. this is mostly so you can learn that you can change your dreams to your advantage. it takes practice, but can be done.
These symptoms can be treated and eventually in a way cured! Never forgotten but less scary. Never give up that hope, or you are defeated already! And be kind to your self I had to realize it’s one step forward two steps back. the trick is pushing forward again. Drive on!