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Trauma can cause all sorts of emotional, social and behavioral changes. PTSD typically begins as a result of a traumatic event. That event may involve a real or perceived threat of injury or death after a natural disaster, physical or sexual assault, abuse, or an accident and can happen at any age. Symptoms may include feeling a heightened sense of danger, trouble concentrating, and avoiding people, places, or situations that remind you of the traumatic event

Common symptoms of PTSD

When we experience trauma or a high level of stress it can get stuck    in our bodies, disrupting life in many ways.

  • intrusive memories or dreams

  • negative thoughts and beliefs

  • irritability

  • hypervigilance

  • sleep disturbance

  • heightened startle response

  • difficulty concentrating

  • emotional numbness

  • avoidance of people/places associated with the trauma

The first step to overcoming these symptoms is recognizing them. This brief PTSD screening test can help you identify whether the symptoms you’re experiencing stem from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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