Symptoms And Symptoms Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Introduction
Posttraumatic stress disorder is classified as an extreme anxiety disorder that has characteristics of both mood and personality disorders. Symptoms are brought on after an individual experiences a traumatic event. Though not everyone that experiences a traumatic event goes on to develop PTSD, seven to eight percent of the U.S. population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Symptoms of PTSD include four main categories of symptoms: reliving, avoidance, hyper arousal, and Negative changes in beliefs and feelings. Reliving the event can include nightmares, flashbacks, occurrence of triggers which are things that a person may hear, see, or smell that causes an individual to relive the event. A person experiencing symptoms of PTSD may avoid people, locations, and situations that can be triggering of memories. They may avoid thinking or talking about the event that occurred. Hyper arousal is one of the more noticeable symptoms of PTSD. The individual may be fidgety and become startled by a loud noise, appear extremely alert and always looking for danger even when there is none. They may suddenly become angry or irritable. They may find it hard to sleep or to concentrate. The way that a person going through PTSD may think about their self and others tends to change because of the trauma. There world is now seen as a dangerous place and it is often difficult to trust others. Sometimes the individual will repress the some or all of the memories…
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