Published on March 21st, 2018 by Chance in About PTSD,

Post Traumatic Stress is a Syndrome, and is not a disorder. People are trying to get the "disorder" dropped from the syndrome. The job is spreading more awareness about PTSD which involves an educartion of people that have it that aren't aware of it, or may be misdiagnosed with something else, when all it is could merely be a case of Post Traumatic Stress, which is much easier to work with when you're understanding.

PTSD is OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED as Bipolar II & Bipolar I:

"During these episodes she described symptoms as irritable mood, decreased need for sleep, increased goal-directed activity, racing thoughts, psychomotor agitation, thrill-seeking behavior, and hypervigilance.

PTSD is characterized by

a patient’s reexperiencing of an extremely traumatic, often life-threatening event and is associated with symptoms of hyperarousal and avoidance of stimuli that remind the patient of the event.

Insomnia and nightmares

are early complaints of PTSD sufferers that can lead to fatigue and irritability during the day.


continued sleep disturbance may interfere with healthy emotional adaptation and contribute to the perpetuation of PTSD symptoms. Hyperarousal, ensuing insomnia, and daytime irritability can mimic hypomania, and, in the absence of a complete patient history, a diagnosis of bipolar II disorder might be mistakenly made.

Even in light of increased media coverage

of PTSD and national awareness campaigns, data [indicates] that physician diagnosis of PTSD remains low relative to its prevalence. Despite our patient’s significant traumatic history during childhood and physical trauma in adulthood that led to disability, as well as meeting criteria for borderline personality disorder, a PTSD diagnosis had not been investigated during any of her previous admissions.

It is likely that PTSD had been masquerading

as bipolar II disorder in this patient for the past two years. We felt that the diagnosis of bipolar II was not appropriate and that the patient’s psychiatric symptoms were better explained by PTSD, particularly hypervigilance and her thrill-seeking behavior, which could be attributed to a counterphobic defense mechanism. The majority of her 'hypomanic' symptoms appeared to have been secondary to sleep deprivation resulting from hypervigilance and nightmares."