What are the Symptoms of PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts, nightmares and avoidance. PTSD was not a formal diagnosis until 1980, and effective treatments weren’t widely available until the 1990s.

The symptoms of PTSD can disrupt normal activities and interfere with your ability to function. They can be triggered by words, sounds, or situations that act as reminders of trauma. Symptoms fall into the following three groups:

1. Reliving, which consists of:

  • flashbacks, in which it feels as if the event is occurring over and over
  • intrusive, vivid memories of the event
  • frequent nightmares about the event
  • mental or physical discomfort when reminded of the event

2. Avoidance, which includes:

  • emotional apathy
  • detachment from or lack of interest in daily activities
  • amnesia (memory loss) about the actual event
  • inability to express feelings
  • avoidance of people or situations that are reminders of the event

3. Increased arousal, which is characterized by:

  • difficulty concentrating
  • startling easily
  • exaggerated response to startling events
  • constantly feeling on guard (hypervigilance)
  • irritability or bouts of anger
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep

People with PTSD may be plagued by guilt, worry, and depression. In addition, they are susceptible to panic attacks, which can cause:

  • agitation or excitability
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • racing or pounding heart
  • headache


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