Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

by cadabamshospital

27 April,2017 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

PTSD is full form of posttraumatic stress disorder and like the name suggests, it’s a condition that perpetuates extreme distress post a traumatic event. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by the following; the individual must display these symptoms at least for one month post the traumatic event/s :

  • Being exposed to an actual or threatened violence like sexual violence, serious injury, or death, in the following ways:
  • Directly experiencing the traumatic event/s.
  • Learning about a traumatic event/s that occurred to a loved one, friend or family.
  • Witnessing the traumatic event/s occurred to others.
  • Being extremely exposed or repeatedly experiencing gory and disturbing details of the traumatic event/s.
  • Experiencing one or more intrusive symptoms related to the traumatic event/s, post the event has been occurred:
  • Involuntary and intrusive recurring troublesome memories of the traumatic event/s.
  • Recurring dreams with the content or affect that are related to traumatic event/s.
  • Experiencing dissociative features like flashbacks of the traumatic event/s.
  • Experiencing psychological distress by being exposed to external or internal cues relating to traumatic event/s.
  • Experiencing physiological reactions and distress to external or internal cues relating to traumatic event/s
  • Persistently avoiding any stimuli associated with the traumatic event/s, post the event has occurred. Efforts to avoid:
  • Distressing thoughts, memories or feelings of the event/s.
  • External reminders like place, situations, people, conversations, objects or activities, objects that cause distressing thoughts, memories or feelings.
  • Experiencing negative changes in one’s thoughts and mood that were linked to the traumatic event/s post the event has occurred, like:
  • Unable to recall or remember an important aspect relating to the traumatic event/s.
  • Holding exaggerated and persistent negative beliefs, attitudes or expectations of oneself, others or the world.
  • Indulging in self blame or blaming others for the causes of the traumatic event/s.
  • Being in a persistent negative emotional state like fear, anger, horror, guilt, or shame.
  • Displaying diminished interest or participation in important activities.
  • Holding feelings of detachment from others.
  • Inability to feel positive emotions like satisfaction, happiness, or loving feelings.
  • Changes in arousal and reactivity related tothe traumatic event/s, post the event has occurred in the following ways:
  • Angry outbursts; verbal or physical
  • Irritable behaviour
  • Being reckless or self-destructive.
  • Being hyper vigilant.
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Exhibiting exaggerated startle response.
  • Issues with sleep.

PTSD causes significant disturbance in an individual’s social, work and personal areas of living. With the help of psychologist and psychiatrist effective treatments plans help the individual suffering from the disorder by helping them identify triggers of  the symptoms, control and manage the symptoms and learning coping skills. For psychological intervention to manage PTSD, call us now on +919741476476.


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