PTSD is a chronic disorder, meaning that whilst it may remit, or be relatively easily managed for a period of time, aspects of the trauma remain with you. Memories of the trauma are stored in all the different parts of your brain so that visual, olfactory, auditory and tactile sensations are sprinkled throughout your brain. Depending on how you are coping at any given time, and what aspect of the trauma is triggered at that time, you may find that you again struggle with PTSD symptoms even when you think you had resolved the issue/s. You might suddenly find you’re having nightmares, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, withdrawing from others, avoiding intimacy and becoming socially avoidant. Anger, depression and tearfulness are common too.
Suddenly struggling with trauma symptoms some time after the event can mean the event was not sufficiently addressed at the time or it might mean that something has triggered one of the many visual, auditory, olfactory or tactile memories of that event. It is not uncommon to find yourself struggling after you thought it was laid to rest. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a trauma response relating to a sexual assault try to get help soon. The longer you wrestle with the symptoms the more entrenched they become and the more impact they have on every day activities and capacity to be intimate.
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