What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex mental health condition that manifests through a spectrum of distressing symptoms. These symptoms are the profound echoes of past traumas, affecting individuals in various ways.

PTSD Symptoms

This stress disorder can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. Symptoms of this disorder are a natural response to an overwhelming and distressing experience. PTSD symptoms often serve as enduring echoes of the trauma, impacting various aspects of a person's life. We believe recovery is possible with the proper support.

PTSD Statistics


of people ages 18-29 had PTSD sometime in their life


of people ages 30-44 had PTSD sometime in their life


of people ages 45-59 had PTSD sometime in their life
of people ages 60 and older had PTSD sometime in their life
These symptoms can vary in severity and duration. They commonly fall into several categories, including re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal, cognition and mood. Understanding these symptoms is essential for recognizing and addressing the challenges faced by individuals living with PTSD.

People may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Flashbacks or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding people, places, or things that remind them of the event
  • Hypervigilance, or being constantly on edge
  • Negative thoughts and feelings about themselves or the world
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a newer diagnosis that describes a more complex set of symptoms. This disorder can develop after exposure to chronic or repeated trauma. This type of trauma is often interpersonal, such as child abuse or neglect.

C-PTSD Symptoms

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as C-PTSD, is a relatively newer diagnosis. This complex disorder includes a more intricate set of symptoms stemming from prolonged or recurrent exposure to trauma.

This condition typically arises from complex life experiences, such as childhood abuse, domestic violence, or prolonged captivity. Individuals with C-PTSD often grapple with a unique combination of symptoms that go beyond those of standard PTSD. While they may experience re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal, cognition, and mood symptoms. Similar to individuals with PTSD, they also contend with emotional dysregulation, low self-esteem, difficulties in relationships, and sometimes physical symptoms.

Unraveling the complexities of C-PTSD is fundamental in providing appropriate support and guidance.

People with C-PTSD may also experience:

  • Difficulties regulating their emotions
  • A negative sense of self-worth
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Physical symptoms, such as chronic pain or fatigue

Recovery from PTSD Symptoms

Both stress disorders present intricate emotional journeys. Comprehending the symptoms is vital in embarking on the road to recovery and emotional well-being. Healing is a process that requires time, patience, and self-compassion.

If you're facing the challenges of PTSD or CPTSD, please know that support and understanding are within reach. You are not alone on this journey, and there are individuals and resources ready to assist you.

Seeking help is your initial stride on the path toward tranquility, resilience, and healing from the scars of the past. It's a courageous choice that sets you on a transformative path toward a brighter and more fulfilling future. Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center believes that recovery is possible, and there is hope on your journey to well-being.

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