The effects of trauma can last for the rest of lives despite whether they begin and end in an instant or happen over time. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events and can affect anyone who is predisposed at any stage in their lives.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder affects 7.7 million adults. However, women are more likely to develop PTSD than men. The symptoms of PTSD can range from mild to severe and usually begin within three months of the frightening ordeal.

Types of PTSD

Symptoms appear within the first month of the trauma and last between two days and four weeks.
Symptoms last for more than four weeks after the trauma.
Diagnosed when the signs and symptoms develop years after the traumatic event.
Symptoms last for more than three months, disappear for a few days, and then reappear.
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The degree of post-traumatic stress disorder varies among individuals, while some individuals may experience mild symptoms—such as irritability—others may be debilitated by the co-occurring disorders that often accompany PTSD, such as substance abuse, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Common Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Reliving the trauma
  • Unexplained fear
  • Low self-confidence
  • Anger
  • Frightening memories
  • Emotional numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Blackouts
  • Muscle aches
  • Phobias of people/places
  • Sleep problems
  • Emotional detachment
  • Family discord
  • Substance misuse
  • Flashbacks
  • Low self-esteem
  • Hyperarousal
  • Easily startled
  • Nightmares
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Avoiding thoughts about the event
  • Violent outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Concentration problems
  • Marital discord
  • Obsessiveness
  • Memory problems surrounding the event
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If you suspect that you or a loved one may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), please contact Lifeskills. Call us today at 844-749-1560.

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