PTSD symptoms can persist for months, or even years, after your trauma. There are four distinct categories of PTSD symptoms:
Intrusive memories such as flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms of PTSD. Memories and flashbacks are often so realistic that you feel like you’re reliving the traumatic event, and you may not be able to tell the difference between your memories and real life.
After trauma, you may go out of your way to avoid places and people that remind you of the experience. In some cases, these avoidance behaviors interfere with your ability to go to school or work or even leave your house, which can negatively impact your relationships.
Negative thoughts and feelings
PTSD often causes negative thoughts and feelings, such as guilt, worthlessness, or distrust. You might feel like all other people are dangerous or that no one can be trusted. It’s also common to lose interest in previously enjoyed activities as well as your relationships with friends and family.
Irritability and angry outbursts are common symptoms of PTSD. You may find it difficult to control your emotions and temper, or you may always feel like you’re on high alert. Reckless behaviors such as excessive drinking and drug use are also common PTSD symptoms.