PTSD - Symptoms
What are the symptoms of PTSD and how is it diagnosed?
Some of the symptoms are:
- having flashbacks, dreams or nightmares about the event,
- not being able to feel emotions,
- not feeling connected to other people,
- not enjoying activities you used to like,
- staying away from situations that remind you of the event,
- feeling on edge, being startled easily and always on the look out for threats, and
- having problems sleeping.
You can get symptoms of PTSD in the hours or days after a traumatic event. For a lot of people, these symptoms become less severe as they come to terms with what has happened. When these symptoms do not go away, there is a possibility you might have PTSD.
If you experience a traumatic event, it is important to get support as soon as you can. Your doctor might not think you need treatment straight away. If you have mild symptoms and you see your doctor within 4 weeks of the trauma, they may ask you to wait a month to see how things go. This is called ‘watch and wait’.
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