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Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist (who was also a Holocaust survivor) said, "An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior." This can be true when talking about reactions to trauma. A traumatic situation is often an abnormal situation. That is, our brain cannot always connect why that event happened because it was so unimaginable. These people often have reactions to such events that seem abnormal as well, at least to them. People who experience post-traumatic stress often describe feeling like they are "going crazy." While these reactions may feel abnormal, the traumatic experience itself was also abnormal. In reference to Frankl's quote, this would be normal behavior.
Military personnel, members of law enforcement, and first responders are often put into situations that are abnormal. That is, these populations are often put into situations which are life-or-death, which involve a great deal of risk, and/or which involve first-hand, repeated extreme exposure to traumatic experiences, pictures, scenes, or situations.
Signs of Post Traumatic Stress
While the following is just a list of signs that may occur when someone is experiencing post traumatic stress, it is not all-inclusive. Having symptoms on this list does not mean you have a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of the signs that may indicate that you have post traumatic stress concerns may include: