PTSD: The Symptoms

The following are some of the key symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment rather than tolerating symptoms that can interfere with your life. Untreated, some of these symptoms may linger for many years.

  1. Unwanted or uncontrollable memories of the traumatic event that may include thoughts, sounds, smells and images.
  2. Disturbing dreams about the event.
  3. Periodically feeling as though the traumatic event is still being experienced by re-living it in detail or having flashbacks.
  4. Intense anxiety when you are reminded of the traumatic event by something unrelated directly to it.
  5. Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations with others who want to talk about the event.
  6. Avoiding activities or persons that remind you of the traumatic event.
  7. Lost memories concerning significant parts of the event.
  8. Emotionally numb sensations—being unable to experience certain feelings, especially those associated with vulnerability such as love, or intimacy with a significant other.
  9. Sleep problems.
  10. Difficulty managing anger, and feeling more anger than a specific event should evoke.
  11. Problems concentrating.
  12. Often feeling “jumpy” or being easily startled.

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