Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that occurs in people who have suffered through traumatic experiences. It’s normal for people to feel extremely anxious, frightened, or uncomfortable when they’re facing situations that remind them of their traumatic experiences.
Unfortunately, this upset feeling doesn’t always disappear. If you experience a constant feeling of dread or worry, or if you’re constantly plagued by memories of your traumatic situation even when you shouldn’t be reminded of it, you might be suffering from PTSD.
Symptom #1: Flashbacks
Flashbacks are the most commonly associated symptom with PTSD. These can be intrusive or anxious memories of the situation that caused the trauma to arise in the first place.
Flashbacks are often triggered by certain situations that are, in some way, familiar to the event that triggered the trauma to occur in the first place. However, flashbacks can occur via emotional triggers, or seemingly occur out of nowhere.
During a flashback, the person might feel like the event is actually occurring again. They’ll experience the same feelings, and they may interpret their external reality much differently than it actually is.