Symptoms of PTSD

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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:

Re-experiencing:

  • 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.

Avoidance:

  • 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.

Hyperarousal:

  • 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.

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