- 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 , 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.