PTSD symptoms• Symptoms usually start soon after thetraumatic event, but they may not appear untilmonths or years later.• They also may come and go over many years.• If the symptoms last longer than 4weeks, cause you great distress, or interferewith your work or home life, you might havePTSD.
Reliving the event• You may have bad memories or nightmares.You even may feel like youre going throughthe event again. This is called a flashback.• Avoiding situations that remind you of theevent• You may try to avoid situations or people thattrigger memories of the traumatic event. Youmay even avoid talking or thinking about theevent.
Feeling numb• You may find it hard to express yourfeelings. Or, you may not beinterested in activities you used toenjoy. This is another way to avoidmemories.
Feeling keyed up• You may be jittery, or always alert andon the lookout for danger. This isknown as hyperarousal.
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