What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

ptsd Jul 08, 2021


PTSD is usually diagnosed after a person experiences ongoing symptoms for at least a month following a traumatic event. Nevertheless, symptoms may not appear until several months or even years later. PTSD is represented by three main types of symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive disturbing recollections of the event, flashbacks, & nightmares.
  • Emotional impassivity & avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping & concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated & angered.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

At least one re-experiencing symptom: Flashbacks, distressing thoughts, physical signs, reoccurring memories or dreams related to the event

At least one avoidance symptom: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience, or avoiding thoughts or feelings related to...

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