Defining PTSD

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a condition that occurs following the experience of trauma, whether first-hand or by witnessing it. Those who have experienced trauma and have stress reactions to it, can develop PTSD.

PTSD is categorized as a mental illness, and symptoms can range from flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, detachment, or can manifest itself in other forms of self-harm or mental illness such as depression or addiction.

Symptoms of PTSD can include:

  • Flashbacks, or reliving the trauma
  • Nightmares
  • Intense fear
  • Avoidance
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  • Guilt, worry or depression
  • Difficulty remembering the trauma
  • Hyperarousal
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Negative feelings towards people/places
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Hopelessness
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Irritability
  • Self-destructive behaviour: eating disorders, addiction, etc.
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Panic attacks or anxiety