What are the symptoms of PTSD?


Each person's experience of PTSD is unique to them. You might have experienced a similar type of trauma to someone else, yet be affected in different ways.

Common symptoms include:

  • reliving aspects of what happened (including flashbacks and intrusive thoughts)
  • alertness or feeling on edge
  • avoiding feelings or memories
  • difficult beliefs or feelings.

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I attended a multiple fatal incident... Following this, my symptoms increased: flashbacks, apprehension, self-doubt, anxiety, sadness, anger, and so on. I started to have physical issues with my lungs, coughing, serious infections and pain. I had to book on non-operational duties for the first time, having never before taken a day sick in my career. Fire officer, fire and rescue service

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