You understand all too well how Trauma/PTSD feels. You are familiar with the flashbacks, the unexpected triggers, the nightmares, and the sleeplessness night after sleepless night. You know how it feels to be misunderstood or judged and wonder if something is wrong with you or if you are going crazy. Although you fully understand your symptoms perhaps you are here because you still can't figure out how to get rid of your symptoms.
What I can tell you is that Trauma/PTSD is an extreme form of anxiety. This extreme form of anxiety comes in response to an extreme event that changes your worldview. Your feeling of safety in the world is gone and you are now always on red alert.
Here's the thing about anxiety that you may not know. Anxiety feeds off of avoidance. In fact, anxiety thrives on and grows from avoidance. I have written a few tips to help you fight back against your Trauma/PTSD. Recognition of the problem is the first step to feeling better!
1) Notice with acceptance (see #2) that all avoidance behavior feeds and supports PTSD.
2) Don't judge yourself - your behavior is a normal response to an abnormal event
3) Do something nice for yourself - talk a walk, take a bath, read a book, call a friend.
4) Learn as much as you can about PTSD/Trauma - knowledge is power - understanding what PTSD/Trauma is and isn't helps answer (and get rid of) the question "is there something wrong with me" or "am I going crazy?"
5) Forgive yourself - I have found that most Trauma survivors have an "If only I had..." moment in their story that they are beating themselves up about. I know it seems easy for to say forgive yourself but hanging onto the guilt is also hanging onto the trauma.
Trauma/PTSD survivors are some of the bravest, strongest people I know. If you can survive your traumatic event you can get the help you need to recover from your trauma too.
Sending you healing thoughts and peaceful wishes.