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:
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...