Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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Adding to the Terror of PTSD Symptoms

October 12, 2018

Tags: PTSD

While nightmares and flashbacks are frightening enough, another symptom is worse: agitated (anxiety-laden) depression which can seem never-ending. This feeling of being alone and helpless arouses from infancy, a period when the child is completely dependent on their parents for survival. Gradually, the child's mind creates an image of an all-nurturing parent who, when inevitably absent for periods of time, will always return to supply their needs. This feeling of absolute helplessness and isolation is associated with PTSD symptoms.