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Signs and symptoms of PTSD

Common signs and symptoms of PTSD include recurring memories or flashback of event that sometimes brings guilt and shame, feeling on edge with sleeplessness and loss of interest, feeling numb, stress and anxiety that brings on anger and rage, which creates irritability.

Different people react differently, however, re-experiencing the traumatic event and increasing anxiety and frustrations, anger and rage are very common symptoms of PTSD. These symptoms might not surface for many months and may also come and go. If these problems continue and don’t go away – you may have PTSD.

Negative changes mood and thinking.

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

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

Symptoms of changes in emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • 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