Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Behaviors:

  • Exposure to threats of death or serious injury, or subjection to actual injury that resulted in an intense emotional response of fear, helplessness, or horror.
  • Intrusive, distressing thoughts or images that recall the traumatic event.
  • Disturbing dreams associated with the traumatic event.
  • A sense that the event is recurring, as in illusions or flashbacks.
  • Intense distress when exposed to reminders of the traumatic event.
  • Physiological reactivity when exposed to internal or external cues that symbolize the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance of thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the traumatic event.
  • Avoidance of activities, places, or people associated with the traumatic event.
  • Inability to recall some important aspect of the traumatic event.
  • Lack of interest and participation in formerly meaningful activities.
  • A sense of detachment from others.
  • Inability to experience the full range of emotions, including love.
  • A pessimistic, fatalistic attitude regarding the future.
  • Sleep disturbance.
  • Irritability or angry outbursts.
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Hypervigilance.
  • Exaggerated startle response.
  • Symptoms have been present for more than one month.
  • Sad or guilty affect and other signs of depression.
  • Verbally and/or physically violent threats or behavior.
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