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Can unwanted memories be a symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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Yes. You might:

  • Keep remembering what happened, even though that upsets you
  • Have flashbacks, like you’re reliving it
  • Have an emotional or physical reaction when something reminds you of it

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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