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PTSD Symptoms: Avoidance / Numbing


Avoidance / Emotional Numbing PTSD Symptoms


The third category of PTSD symptoms is “Avoidance / Emotional Numbing”.


This describes the sort of defensive responses a person with PTSD appears to engage in to limit their experience of negative emotion associated with the traumatic memory and it's associated effects.


The avoidance symptoms tend to involve more conscious attempts to avoid negative emotion of PTSD. Some of these include:



The 'numbing' symptoms tend to involve more subconscious attempts to avoid negative emotion of PTSD. These symptoms are sometimes called dissociative symptoms. Some of these include:


It is important to note that many people experience some of the following symptoms and find they subsequently resolve over the days following the traumatic event, without the need of consulting a mental health professional. However if symptoms are severe, interfere with work or other activities, or persist, it is advisable to seek professional assistance. For more information on PTSD therapists / psychologists click here.


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