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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Symptoms


Posted by Nirmala N.

Living through trauma is bad enough, but post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can transform the pain into a continual nightmare. PTSD is a psychological disorder in which an individual relives specific traumatic experiences--through flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety-ridden thoughts, and memories. PTSD, often the result of a violent event in the individual's life (such as rape, war, accidents, etc.), can occur for years after the event--and is also connected to symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, anger, and depression. If you think you might be suffering from PTSD, it's best to seek immediate psychiatric help.
 
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PTSD can also be the result of domestic violence including childhood abuse, adult survivors of child abuse, and domestic violence.
That's a good summary, Nirmala. There are also several people that turn to substances or addictive behaviors in attempting to deal with these intense, complex symptoms.

PTSD can also contribute to SI (self injury) behaviors.

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