Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) constantly re-live the trauma they experienced while awake, and in nightmares while asleep. These are called flashbacks and may include images, sounds, smells, or feelings. They may be triggered by ordinary events, such as a door slamming or a car backfiring.

People with PTSD may startle easily, become emotionally distant especially with loved ones, lose interest in things they once enjoyed, be irritable, become aggressive, or even become violent. They may avoid situations that remind them of the traumatic incident. People with PTSD often have depression, too.