PTSD

POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

 PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is, broadly speaking, a disabeling psychological disorder causing discomfort in people who have been unable to process an invasive, traumatic event. Anyone can be affected by PTSD and often it prevents people from functioning normally. PTSD presents with symptoms of stress in the form of physical and psychological complaints. 

PTSD symptoms include:

1. Intrusion symptoms
The traumatic event is persistantly re-experienced (e.g., intrusive memories, nightmares, flashbacks).

2. Alterations in arousal and reactivity
Trauma-related alterations in arousal and reactivity that began or worsened after the traumatic event: (e.g., aggression, hypervigilance, sleep disturbances)

3. Duration
Persistence of symptoms for more than one month

4. Functional significance
Significant symptom-related distress or functional impairment (e.g., social, occupational)

5. Negative alterations in cognitions and mood
Negative alterations in cognitions and mood that began or worsened after the traumatic event (e.g., dissociation, negative beliefs about self)

6. Avoidance
Persistent avoidance of distressing trauma-related stimuli after the event (e.g., feelings, thoughts, places)

If you suffer from these stress symptoms we suggest completing the PTSD Selftest. Scientific research has proved this test to be 93% reliable in predicting PTSD.

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Please note: the self-test should never be used as a substitute for a psychiatrist’s or psychologist’s
diagnosis. It can, however, be used as an initial indication that you may suffer from PTSD. This also applies to the symptoms.