The primary reactions people experience are fear and anxiety. Sometimes feeling anxious can be a result of being reminded of the trauma and other times it comes out of the blue. Certain triggers may remind you and activate these fears like times of the day, smells, places, or actions.
PTSD Signs & Symptoms
Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop a trauma reaction, however, a portion will. Below are the common signs and symptoms to look for, although each person responds in their own unique ways there are similarities.
Many of the common reactions to trauma are connected and interact with one another, which can cause the overall response to be more intense. As you process these experiences during treatment, then symptoms should become less distressing.
Adapted from Foa, Hembree, Rothbaum (2007) Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences, Therapist Guide. Oxford University Press: New York.)