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What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ptsd can develop after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symptoms include reliving the event through flashbacks, repeated nightmares & memories of event, etc; avoidance or emotional numbing, feeling detached, having no interest in usual activities; and arousal -- difficulty concentrating, falling/staying asleep, startling, & hypervigilance.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Ptsd has 3 types of sxs. Avoidance of people, places, things, thoughts, emotions or memories that trigger symptoms. Reliving- intrusive memories, flashbacks- just not being able to get it out of your head. Arousal- robust fight or flight reactions, irritability, panic, gut-level visceral reactions. Emotional numbing is the flip side of the hyper-arousal. Ptsd is not a fun disorder.

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

The doctor should inquire if the patient has been in a situation where the patient believes loss of life or catastrophic injury was imminent, and with no means of escape. Symptoms from these experiences include, hypervigilance, sleep loss, nightmares, reliving the trauma, social withdrawal, anhedonia, temper outbursts, emotional withdrawal, feelings of unfinished business, and adrenalin seeking.

Answered Feb 21, 2015

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