Copyright Daryl Eigen 2011
While everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are four clusters of
Intense reactions when cued
Avoidance or numbing of:
Lack of focus
Loss of interest
Guilt and shame
Aches and pains
The official site for PTSD is with the VA but the left hand column provides a bare bones, not for official use, summary of PTSD symptoms.
At the VA I saw a Vietnam Veteran in a T shirt that said "I am medicated for your protection." And he looked liked his meds were a good thing for everone in close proximity. PTSD is something that has to be dealt with sooner or later I can tell you from personal experience, if it is not adressed sooner it will pop up years later perhaps stronger than before.
If you are not sure about your symptoms then ask those around you if you are different after the traumatic event(s). If there are differences than what are they. How do they affect the family and/or the people in close proximity.
Just knowiing what the symptoms are and having a lable for your what is wrong can be a relief to you and your family.
To explore the origins of PTSD in war time, go to the web site;
which gives information on a memoir I just published that tells the story of my tour of duty in the Vietnam War. The book is titled "A Hellish Place of Angels: Con Thien: One Man's Journey" and makes clear the origins of PTSD in war or at least the origins of my PTSD...