“I Can’t Feel”
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for some people can occur in response to experiencing trauma. When you are chronically affected by the symptoms of PTSD you may find that your ability to feel emotions is limited. You may be able to say, “I love you” to someone special and yet the feeling of love may seem very distant. You may smile but the feeling of joy is absent. You may even cry and be in the depths of despair and yet you may not really feel sadness or grief or loss: you might experience this as pain. Even anger which may be very apparent in your symptom profile may be blind rage over insignificant things; that may lead to guilt.
Alternatively you may just have a sense of feeling nothing, being totally numb. This feeling may even extend to your body and this may result in a feeling of disconnection or distance from your body – like you’re on the outside looking in.
These symptoms are predictable. They can be treated and they can be managed. There is a growing body of research that targets the physiological aspects of trauma in the same way that the psychological symptoms can be targeted.
It’s worth reminding yourself that these feelings, or lack of feelings are symptoms of PTSD; they are not you. You can have hope that it is possible to reconnect with your emotions and your loved ones.
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