Experiencing the chronic and debilitating pain of Dry Eye Syndrome can be traumatic. After proper diagnosis and treatment, once you are on “the other side,” on your way to recovery, or having resumed daily activities, you may find that any little thing that sets your eyes back may cause extreme anxiety. If that happens to you, you may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or acute stress disorder) associated with Dry Eye Syndrome. You may even find it difficult to talk about your experience of Dry Eye without getting very emotional.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Self-Assessment Tool
PsyCom.net is 30-year-old mental health site founded by Dr. Ivan Goldberg, the creator of the Goldberg Depression Test, a renowned self-screening assessment for depression. The site is a leading authority on mental health information, diagnosis, and treatment. It also contains information regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder specifically and provides a helpful self-assessment tool.
In time, as you heal and become stronger, the anxiety should pass. You will be able to resume a much more normal life. You might also consider seeking out a mental health professional who can help you cope with the trauma of living with Dry Eye pain.