What Is PTSD?
It’s natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear is part of the body’s “fight-or-flight” response, which helps us avoid or respond to potential danger. People may experience a range of reactions after trauma, and most will recover from their symptoms over time. Those who continue to experience symptoms may be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, known commonly as PTSD.
via the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
What Are the Symptoms?
- Consistent flashbacks of a traumatic event with physical symptoms such as a fast-beating heart or sweating
- Recurring memories or dreams related to the traumatic event
- Distressing thoughts
- Physical signs of ongoing stress
- Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the event
- Being easily startled and feeling on-edge
- Difficulty concentrating or staying asleep
- Irritability or agressive outbursts
- Persistent negative thoughts and exaggerated feelings of blame towards oneself or others
- Loss of interests and feelings of social isolation