Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person experiences what they perceive to be a traumatic event. What is perceived as traumatic can vary from person to person. Common examples of what many people find to be a traumatic event include war, accidents, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, robbery and family violence. Witnessing something extremely traumatic (mass shooting, terrorist attack, etc.), can also cause PTSD in some people. It is common for people to feel greatly distressed immediately following a traumatic event, however, the distress usually lessons within a month. If the distress lasts longer than a month, the individual may have PTSD.
- Re-experiencing the trauma in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive memories
- The person may avoid situations that bring back the memory of the original trauma
- Reduced interest in the outside world or others
- Irritability and outbursts of rage
*Mental disorders should only be diagnosed by a trained medical professional. Symptoms are listed for information only and not for diagnostic purposes. Diagnoses is complicated and can have many variables. DO NOT ATTEMPT to diagnose yourself or someone else based on symptoms you see listed herein in yourself or someone else. If you are concerned and recognize some of the listed symptoms, seek help from a trained professional.