What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD signs and symptoms are different for every individual. While most symptoms develop within three months of a traumatic event, The Mayo Clinic notes it is not uncommon for symptoms to develop years later. While there are a number of symptoms that some experience in their battle with PTSD, below I will list some of the most common:
- Having recurring nightmares.
- Flashbacks/reliving; feelings that you are going through the incident again.
- Feelings of distress when thinking about the event.
- Triggers: something that you hear, see, or smell that may remind you of the event.
- Actively avoiding people, places, or situations that remind you of the event.
- Avoiding crowds, because they feel dangerous.
- Avoiding thoughts, feelings, and conversations about the event.
- Making sure you’re too busy to talk about the event.
- Having a difficult time falling or staying asleep
- Feeling irritable or having outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Constant feeling of danger
- Being jumpy or easily startled.
Negative thoughts and beliefs:
- Having a difficult time remembering important parts of the traumatic event.
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Feeling distant from others.
- Having a difficult time experiencing positive feelings.
- Feeling as though your life may be cut short.