Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by having intense, thoughts and feelings relating
to a past traumatic experience. Symptoms can be reliving the event, nightmares, and severe
anxiety. Most of the time, people who endure traumatic events process and adjust, then get better.
However, if your symptoms worse and last for months or years, or interfere with daily life, you
may have PTSD.
Symptoms include:
â— Intrusive memories
â— Avoidance
â— Negative changes in thinking and mood
â— Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Treatment can teach you how to address your symptoms, helping you think better about yourself,
learning ways to cope, and managing daily life.