Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. PTSD is diagnosed when the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with the day-to-day functioning.
PTSD symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms not only cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships, but also can interfere with the ability to go about the normal daily tasks. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person.
In general patients with PTSD may present different clinical manifestations:
- Intrusive memories group: recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event; reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks); upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event; severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event.
- Avoidance group: trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event; avoiding places, activities or people that remind the patient of the traumatic event.
- Negative changes in thinking and mood: negative thoughts about oneself, other people or the world; hopelessness about the future; memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event; difficulty maintaining close relationships; feeling detached from family and friends; lack of interest in activities the patient once enjoyed; difficulty experiencing positive emotions; feeling emotionally numb.
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions: being easily startled or frightened; always being on guard for danger; self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast; trouble sleeping; trouble concentrating; irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior; overwhelming guilt or shame
PTSD symptoms vary in intensity over time. Stressful situations tend to increase the symptomatology.
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