PTSD. 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.
Sxs. 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.
Symptom inquiry. 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.