Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) usually results from one experiencing intense fear following and/or witnessing a traumatic event once or a repeated number of times. The symptoms include:
- Flashbacks or memories of the event that caused the trauma that feel extremely real, as if one is re-experiencing the event
- Physical anxiety symptoms which include sweating, a racing heart and/or panic attacks
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Avoidance of situations that remind the person of the traumatic event
- Sporadic feelings of irritability and/or anxiety with no apparent source
Go to “Trauma and PTSD” page for more information.