What are the symptoms of 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'?

Your feelings or behaviour after having witnessed a traumatic event or experienced a serious threat to your life or well-being may be troubling you most or all of the time. The following are common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

  • reliving aspects of the event, through nightmares, or feelings that the event is happening again (a kind of continuous 'action replay');
  • avoiding doing anything that reminds you of the trauma, e.g. a person traumatised by an attack on the street may find it difficult to go out alone; and  
  • heightened irritability, sleep disturbance, outbursts of anger, and sudden shock reactions.

Bullying can also lead to serious ill health effects, similar to those described here.

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