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    Life Transitions and PTSD - Topic Overview

    You go through many transitions, or changes, in your life. They can be good, bad, or just something different. Transitions include getting married or divorced, moving, a new baby, a new job, or changes in your health.

    All transitions can be stressful. Even a good transition, such as getting a better job, is a change and can cause stress.

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    During a transition, you may not feel sure of yourself. You may feel that you have lost something or feel nervous about the change. If you feel this way during a transition, you may notice more intense symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    • You may not sleep well and may have nightmares.
    • You may feel more anxious or nervous.
    • You may feel distant from friends.
    • You may feel angry, sad, or depressed.

    The worries that a transition brings usually go away as you adjust to the change. To help yourself during this time, you can:

    • Get enough sleep.
    • Eat well.
    • Get exercise.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Talk to family and friends about it.

    If your PTSD symptoms are still bad months after the transition, see your doctor.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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