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At a glance: Post-traumatic stress disorder

At a glance: Post-traumatic stress disorder
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 8, 2012

2. Avoidance symptoms:

• Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience.

• Feeling emotionally numb.

• Feeling strong guilt, depression or worry.

• Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past.

• Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

• Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

3. Hyperarousal symptoms:

• Being easily startled.

• Feeling tense or “on edge.”

• Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

Sources: Steve Scruggs, clinical psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; National Institute on Mental Health; The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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