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Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Symptoms of Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be divided into three main types:

(1) symptoms of physiological hyperarousal,

(2) reexperiencing PTSD symptoms, and

(3) PTSD avoidance / dissociative symptoms.

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.

Physiological Hyperarousal Symptoms of PTSD

Some of the “hyper-arousal” PTSD symptoms include: sleep problems, an exaggerated startle response (being ' jumpy), hypervigilance (being 'on guard'), irritability or anger, and concentration problems.

Sleep Problems / Insomnia

Sleep problems are one of the most common symptoms of Post traumatic Stress Disorder. This can involve sleep onset insomnia (trouble getting to sleep), middle-waking insomnia, or early waking. For those who wake during the night, nightmares or anxious rumination through the night can be the course of waking. Early waking is sometimes due to PTSD itself but can also be a result of depression which can go along with PTSD.

Concentration & Memory Problems

People with Post traumatic Stress Disorder often report difficulties in concentrating as a troubling symptom. They may find that they lose track of conversations or cannot recall what they have just watched on television. Because concentration plays a critical role in memory storage and memory retrieval many people with Post traumatic Stress Disorder report symptoms of poor memory.

It is not unusual for PTSD sufferers to tell their psychologist that they are concerned that they might have dementia, so great are their memory problems. Problems reported by PTSD sufferers include: losing things, forgetting appointments, forgetting things their partner or family members have told them, and things in strange places such as finding socks in the refrigerator!

People with PTSD also sometimes experience a loss of memory for details related to the traumatic event. These sorts of memory problems appear to often be caused by either dissociation at the time of the incident, or suppression of memories due to anxiety related mental avoidance. The cause of the memory problems will likely determine whether or not you may recall these details in the future.

Of course it's not impossible to have memory problems for other reasons, but in practice, if your memory problems started when you developed PTSD, PTSD is more likely to be the cause. So if you are concerned about your memory, discuss it with your treating mental health professional, who is likely to reassure you that it is one of your PTSD symptoms.

Irritability and Anger Volatility

Another common symptom of PTSD is having a “short fuse”. Many people find themselves snapping with their spouse, children, parents and friends. Things that would not normally bother them for no obvious reason become extremely irritating.

Some people manage to suppress the expression of their anger externally but find that they experience a strong internal sense of agitation and impatience.

An Exaggerated Startle Response (Jumpiness)

Some people manage to suppress the expression of their anger externally but find that they experience a strong internal sense of agitation and impatience.


People with PTSD are frequently 'looking over their shoulder' or scanning their environment for potential sources of threat. If the trauma was a physical attack they may be on the look out for potential attackers. If the trauma was an earthquake they may be constantly scanning for evidence of vibrations or objects shaking.

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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SYMPTOMS: This section discusses general information about PTSD symptoms. It describes symptoms which occur in some people with PTSD. It should NOT be used for diagnosis. Whether you feel you have, or do not have, the following Post traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, does not in itself imply you either do or don't have Post traumatic Stress Disorder. If you feel you may be suffering from symptoms of Post traumatic Stress Disorder you should consult a GP, Clinical Psychologist, or other mental health professional for advice on whether your symptoms are indicative of PTSD.

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