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, they may also come and go, If these problems continue and don’t go away – you may have PTSD.
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Re-experiencing the trauma symptoms
Intrusive memories that interrupt everyday life
Flashbacks in which the person acts or feels like they’re in the middle of the event again
Reoccurring nightmares about the trauma
Intense distress or irritability when reminded of the event
Physical reactions, like rapid breathing, sweating, or nausea, when remembering or being reminded of the trauma
Increased distress as the anniversary of the event approaches
Feeling emotionally detached from others
Experiencing hopelessness about the future (“No one will ever love me” or “I know I’m going to die young”)
Inability to remember important aspects of the traumatic event
Arousal or anxiety symptoms
Bouts of moodiness or anger
Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
A sense of being “on alert” or “on guard” (also called hypervigilance)
Developing a destructive addiction to alcohol, drugs, or even gambling
Suicidal thoughts or actions are another potential symptom of PTSD. If you or someone you love has thoughts of committing suicide, take them seriously and seek help immediately.