Hannah and I out and about.

what are the symptoms of PTSD?


1. Re-experiencing symptoms:

· Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating 

· Bad dreams 

· Frightening thoughts.

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.

2. Avoidance symptoms:

· Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience 

· Feeling emotionally numb 

· Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry 

· Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past 

· Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

3. Hyper-arousal symptoms:

· Being easily startled 

· Feeling tense or “on edge” 

· Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

Hyper-arousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

It’s natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks. This is called acute stress disorder, or ASD. When the symptoms last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months.


The National Center for PTSd provides some important statistics:

  • 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives.

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 10 of every 100 women (10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (4%).

  • Women are nearly twice as likely to have PTSD as men at some point in their lives.The prevalence of PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is 13.8%.