SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

INCREASED ANXIETY AND EMOTIONAL AROUSAL

Hypervigilance (on constant Red Alert)     Intense physical reactions eg: Pounding heart, muscle tension, sweating  

Irritability or outbursts of anger                Irrational and intense fear 

Difficulty concentrating                              Panic Attacks/ Anxiety/ depression/ mood swings

Tense muscles                                              Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

AVOIDANCE AND NUMBING

Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma   Feeling numb and empty

Loss of interest in activities and life in general                  Avoidance of people and places

Feeling isolated

RE-EXPERIENCING THE TRAUMATIC EVENT

Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the even is happening again)

Nightmares (eithor of the event or of other frightening things)

Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma

OTHER COMMON SYMPTOMS

Feeling suicidal                                                                           Self harm and self destructive tendencies

Feeling distrustful and suspicious                                            Guilt, shame, embarrassment or self blame

Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling/food                                  Seeking out high risk/dangerous pursuits

Physical aches and pains