- You have the feeling or experience, that the terrible event is happening all over again. This can be like a video, images, noises, smells or just thoughts. Usually these flashbacks come without any warning and you do not have control over it.
- Nightmare and disturbed sleep with memories of the event.
- Extreme tension or irritability.
- you avoid certain situations, places or persons as a consequence of the traumatic event.
- Any confrontation with the event causes emotional pain.
- It is hard for you to trust other person or to join social activities. So a significant withdrawal of group situation might be a consequence.
- You feel guilty or ashamed (e.g. because someone died and you are still alive).
Please read an excellent expert guideline provided by leading experts in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in which the American Academy of Cognitive Therapy summarizes common symptoms of trauma and tips to cope with these experiences.
5 % of all persons suffer from PTSD, 8 % have had it some time in their life. PTSD is twice as common for women as for men.