A Guide to the Most Common PTSD Symptoms

People who have undergone severe trauma due to an accident, war, or any sort of terrifying event are quite likely to have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a mental health condition that exhibits symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and severe anxiety pertaining to a specific event.

While most people tend to have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping with a traumatic event, they eventually process their feelings and emotions and come to terms with it. However, in some cases, the PTSD symptoms do not reduce, but get worse, last for months or years, and hinder day-to-day functioning. If you feel like you may have PTSD, read the symptoms mentioned below to gain a better understanding of your condition.


Symptoms of PTSD

  1.   Intrusive memories
  • People experience depressing and unwanted recurring memories of a traumatic event.
  • Deep flashbacks that make you feel like you are reliving the event time and again.
  • Dreams or nightmares that seem very upsetting.
  • Severe emotional pain or physical reactions to an eternal stimulus that reminds you of a traumatic event.
  1.   Avoidance issue
  • Avoiding discussions or thoughts about the traumatic event.
  • Avoiding people, places, and activities that seem to remind you of a traumatic event.
  1.       Sudden mood swings and change in thoughts
  • Feeling pessimistic with negative self-thoughts and other people.
  • A sense of hopelessness about the future.
  • Not being able to remember key details of the traumatic event.
  • Difficulty with intimacy or maintaining relationships.
  • Prefer to stay aloof from family and friends.
  • Feeling emotionally numb, or unable to maintain a positive outlook towards life.


  1.   Erratic Emotional fluctuations or arousal symptoms
  • Always feeling like danger is right around the corner.
  • Getting easily shocked, frightened, or startled.
  • Causing harm to oneself through substance abuse, drinking too much, or rash driving.
  • Loss of sleep
  • Inability to focus
  • Anger outbursts and aggressive behaviour
  • Overwhelmed with guilt or shame.

Children 6 years of age or below may experience symptoms that include:

  • Terrifying dreams that may or may not include events replayed from the traumatic event.
  • Re-enacting aspects of the traumatic event during playtime.

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