people with PTSD re-experience the ordeal in the form of flashback
episodes, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially
when they are exposed to events or objects reminiscent of the
trauma. Anniversaries of the event can also trigger symptoms.
Feelings of intense guilt are also common. Most people with
PTSD try to avoid any reminders or thoughts of the ordeal. People
with PTSD can experience depression, emotional numbness, sleep
disturbances, anxiety and outbursts of anger. PTSD is fairly
common as approximately 1/3 of individuals in such scenarios
develop this disorder.
depression, alcohol or other substance abuse, or another anxiety
disorder is not uncommon. The likelihood of treatment is increased
when other conditions are identified and properly treated. Headaches,
gastrointestinal complaints, immune system problems, dizziness,
chest pain, or discomfort in other parts of the body are common.
Doctors often treat these symptoms without being aware that
they stem from PTSD. For this reason, physicians are encouraged
to ask patients about recent life events as they may influence
physical well being. Once the disorder is identified it is a
good idea to refer the individual to a mental health professional
who is has experience treating people with this disorder.