ptsd or just a memory?
October 26, 2012 8:47 AM Subscribe
PTSD flashback or just a vivid memory?
posted by lettuchi to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I, rather often (several times a day at times) have these episodes where I am remembering a traumatic experience. At times, I even move my arms and hands to match what I'm remembering(I notice because when I snap out of it my hands are in weird places: on my face, across my chest, etc, or I have felt a very strong impetus to move). This has even happened while I am driving(!!!).
Does this make it a "flashback" as opposed to a distracting vivid memory? (I have lots of vivid memories of things, which block out other thoughts for a moment, but I don't move to those and they're not always bad things.) This is the distinction I am asking about.
(I have been diagnosed with PTSD, but I wasn't told why/what I said in my psychiatric evaluation to warrant that diagnosis.)