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PTSD symptom checker:

These are normal reactions to abnormal events. Your traumatic-stress is different from anyone else’s, but we can perhaps group symptoms into four main types:

  1. General experiences
  2. Re-experiencing the traumatic event
  3. Avoiding reminders of the trauma
  4. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

 

General experiences, many people feel some of these

  • Constantly over-alert and easily startled (‘hypervigilant’)
  • Feeling frozen or threatened
  • Anger or irritably without reason, over reacting to things, extreme mood-swings
  • Guilt, shame, or self-blame, feelings of mistrust and betrayal
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Nightmares or vivid dreams
  • Depression or hopelessness, emotionally numb, feeling “spaced-out”
  • Feeling alienated and alone
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Syndromes associated with PTSD can include:

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)
  • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS), which can include: body pain, headaches, chronic fatigue (CFS), fibromyalgia (FMS)
  • Breathing Pattern Disorder (BPD), asthma, allergies and skin reactions

 

Re-experiencing the traumatic event

  • Sudden distressing memories of the event
  • Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Nightmares (about the event or just disturbing and vivid dreams)
  • Strong physical reactions and distress at remembering the event (panic attacks)

 

Avoidance and dissociation

  • Avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma
  • Unable to remember important aspects of the trauma
  • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
  • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
  • The feeling of a limited future (of having a normal life again)

 

Anxiety and emotional arousal

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance (on constant “red alert”)
  • Feeling jumpy and easily startled

 

Traumatic-stress in children and adolescents

  • Young children especially can manifest stress-trauma very differently from adults, including:
  • Severe separation anxiety
  • Regression on skills previously learned, such as toilet training
  • Sleep problems and nightmares
  • Joyless or repetitive playing, perhaps reenacting themes from the event
  • Development of phobias or anxieties
  • Complaining of pains with no apparent cause
  • Irritability and aggression or apparent changes in personality

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