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Post-traumatic stress

Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress

If you've started to notice some of the symptoms we've listed below, we may be able to help.


  • "I can’t do this"
  • "It was my fault"
  • "I should have died"
  • "I can’t see the point in anything any more"
  • "I'm not in control anymore"
  • "I'm going to die"
  • "I'm going crazy"
  • "This shouldn't have happened"
  • "It’s not worth going on"
  • 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
  • Low
  • Anxious
  • Nervous
  • Tense
  • On edge
  • Detached
  • Angry
  • Tearful
  • Sad
  • Flat
  • Irritable
  • Guilt
  • Shame

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

If you think you might be suffering with post-traumatic stress, and you're a member of Benenden Health, we can provide support and counselling that could help.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer support for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We can’t provide the intensive support needed to treat this condition. 

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Support for our members

If you're a member of Benenden Health, we offer support for mental health from day one.

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We worked with our partner Insight Healthcare to create this short guide. Always speak to your GP if you feel like you could be suffering from a serious mental health condition.