. You may be describing the flashbacks associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that may occur among people who have experienced or witnessed a terrifying event.
You are correct, you are not the only person in the world having thoughts or experiences like these. PTSD affects approximately 7% of the American population. Women tend to have higher rates of PTSD than do men.
It’s common for people with PTSD to relive the trauma, sometimes on a daily basis. These recollections can cause the symptoms you have described.
There is no shortage of information and literature about PTSD. You can begin by searching the internet for information. You can read about PTSD on Psych Central’s website or visit your local library.
You could also benefit from consulting a PTSD therapy specialist. He or she can evaluate whether or not you have PTSD and determine what treatment would work best for you.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and other treatments have been found to be effective for PTSD. Some people also find that medication is a helpful adjunct to therapy.
I’m glad that you have decided to seek help for your problem. Take comfort in knowing that there are treatments that could eliminate this problem from your life. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle