Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | Symptoms


What are the symptoms of PTSD?

You can have symptoms right after the trauma or they can develop months, or even years, later. Your symptoms may include:

  • Having flashbacks, nightmares, bad memories or hallucinations
  • Trying not to think about the trauma or avoiding people who remind you of it
  • Not being able to recall parts of the event
  • Not interested in life events
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Being irritable, angry or jumpy
  • Being hypervigilant

People with PTSD are often depressed. Sometimes they try to feel better by using alcohol or drugs. This can lead to substance abuse and addiction.


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Reviewed/Updated: 05/10
Created: 09/00