What Does It Mean to Have a 'Persistent Negative Outlook'?

PTSD symptom guide

Negative beliefs, thoughts or emotions are common after trauma because they help you feel protected and in control — if you’re am always expecting the worst, you won’t be disappointed.

A "negative outlook" means having persistent difficult thoughts, emotions or beliefs that make it hard to feel joy or safety.

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What does a "persistent negative outlook" feel like?

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I live feeling like most things are my fault. So I tend to apologize a lot and mostly stay quiet and be the shy person only because I don’t want to be blamed for anything.

Jessica A., Mighty community member
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For a PTSD diagnosis, you'll have two or more types of “negative” thinking patterns: blaming yourself, difficult emotions like fear, guilt or anger, and a loss of feeling joy or contentment.

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