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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur after you survive a trauma. PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms that lead you to relive the trauma and develop reactions or behaviors to avoid trauma reminders. About 3.5% of the U.S. population lives with PTSD in any given year.

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Here are 10 common symptoms of PTSD.

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Flashbacks

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Flashbacks cause you to relive traumatic memories as if they are happening in the present moment.

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Intrusive Memories

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Intrusive PTSD memories and dreams bring up unwanted reminders of your trauma history.

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Avoidance

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PTSD can lead you to avoid memories, thoughts or feelings related to past trauma, as well as people, places and objects.

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Persistent Negative Outlook

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A persistent negative outlook leads you to have negative beliefs about yourself or the world, accompanied by feelings like fear, shame and anger.

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Anhedonia

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Anhedonia is the term for a loss of pleasure or interest in things you normally love as well as a lack of interest in exploring potential new sources of joy.

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Dissociation

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Dissociation makes you feel disconnected, whether it's from your experience, the world around you, other people or past memories.

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Impulsive Behaviors

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Impulsive and reactive behaviors occur as a present-day response to trauma reminders. This can include irritability, unexpected angry outbursts and self-destructive behaviors.

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Hyper-vigilance

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Hypervigilance is a heightened awareness of your surroundings, which can make you feel "keyed up," on high alert to sense danger.

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Deperson-alization

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Depersonalization makes you feel like you are detached from or an outside observer of your mind or body.

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Derealization

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Derealization makes you feel disconnected or detached from other people or your surroundings.

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How many of these PTSD symptoms do you experience?

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