Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when the memory of a traumatic event was not processed properly by our brain.
When we experience a traumatic event, our brains trigger the fight or flight stance as a response to fear and stress. After the incident, fear can linger and a wound develops in the subconscious.
Later on, normal experiences can inappropriately prompt a recording when it looks or feels like something that brings up a similar feeling instilled by the past.
PTSD forces the body to feel as if it is re-living the traumatic event. The back of your brain (Fight, Flight, Freeze) thinks the old experience is happening again and brings up thoughts such as I’m in danger, I’m worthless, I can’t handle it.
While many people experience anxiety, PTSD differs in intensity, symptoms, and is often limited to a specific experience. Someone can have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.