Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can be categorized into four main types: intrusive thoughts, avoidance, negative changes in mood, or changes in emotional reactions.
After a tragic or traumatic event, it is important to be aware of how post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms can appear. PTSD symptoms may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not manifest until years after the event. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships.
- recurrent and unwanted distressing memories about the traumatic event
- relieving the traumatic experience as if it was happening again (flashbacks)
- nightmares about the event
- severe emotional distress or physical reactions when reminded of the incident
- Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
- Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event
Negative Changes in Mood:
- Negative feelings about yourself or other people
- Inability to experience positive emotions
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Hopelessness about the future
- Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
Changes in Emotional Reactions:
- Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
- Always being on guard for danger
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Being easily startled or frightened
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment is critical in order to reduce the symptoms of PTSD and improve daily functioning. If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your health care professional. Seek treatment as early as possible to prevent symptoms from worsening.
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