CTE(repeated head injuries) is a physiological disease that has psychological implications. PTS(Post Traumatic Stress) is a psychological trauma that can lead to physiological symptoms. Due to many head traumas being experienced alongside emotional trauma, as well as the symptoms of CTE causing anxiety, it is often difficult to separate the two. So it is important to know the differences and be able to advocate for yourself when seeing your Dr. This could change your treatment options and their success.
Some of the possible signs and symptoms of CTE(Chronic Traumatic Encephalapothy) may include:
Difficulty thinking (cognitive impairment) Impulsive behavior. Depression or apathy.
Short-term memory loss.
Difficulty planning and carrying out tasks (executive function)
Suicidal thoughts or behavior.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress:
May include nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood.
People may experience:
Behavioral: agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, or social isolation
Psychological: flashback, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust
Mood: loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt, or loneliness
Sleep: insomnia or nightmares
Also common: emotional detachment or unwanted thoughts