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Post-traumatic stress

Some of the Common symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

Have you been feeling?

  • Low
  • Anxious
  • Nervous
  • Tense
  • On edge
  • Detached
  • Angry
  • Tearful
  • Sad
  • Flat
  • Irritable
  • Guilt
  • Shame

Have you had thoughts like?

  • I can’t do this
  • It was my fault
  • I should have died
  • I can’t see the point in anything any more
  • I am not in control anymore
  • I am going to die
  • I am going crazy
  • This should not have happened
  • It’s not worth going on

Have you noticed?

  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • You are spending more time alone or avoid spending time alone
  • You are sleeping too much or too little and experiencing nightmares
  • You have stopped doing the things you enjoy
  • You lack in energy
  • Poor concentration or poor memory
  • You are worrying more
  • You are avoiding people, places or situations
  • You are engaging in unhelpful behaviours like excessively drinking or smoking
  • You are arguing with those you care about more
  • Are hyper alert and easily startled


Possible causes of Post-Traumatic Stress

  • Stressful life events – These can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being attacked/abused. •Previous mental health difficulties– this may make you more susceptible to developing Post Traumatic Stress
  • Previous trauma – this may make you more susceptible to developing Post Traumatic Stress
  • Biological and psychological – your mind and body may have not processed the traumatic experience fully resulting in Post Traumatic Stress symptoms

Source: Insight Healthcare