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Can changes in emotional and physical reactions be symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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Yes. You could:

If your symptoms go on for longer than 4 weeks, cause you a lot of distress, or get in the way of your home life or work, you may have posttraumatic stress.

  • Be easily startled or frightened, or you might always be on guard for danger
  • Do self-destructive things, like drinking too much alcohol or driving too fast
  • Have trouble sleeping or concentrating

From: Is It PTSD, Depression, or Both? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Depression,” “Post-traumatic stress disorder.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Depression, Trauma, and PTSD.”

National Health Service Choices (UK): “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- What Happens in the Brain?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Symptoms of PTSD.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Depression,” “Post-traumatic stress disorder.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Depression, Trauma, and PTSD.”

National Health Service Choices (UK): “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- What Happens in the Brain?”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Symptoms of PTSD.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 12, 2018

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