Reactions & behaviours developed from a traumatic event that threatens the life or safety of an individual or of those who surround them. The symptoms of PTSD can include:
- difficulties with regulating emotion
- dissociation, flashbacks, disconnection from people and surroundings
- feelings of helplessness, terror, rage and shame
- distrust of others
- difficulty sleeping
The experience triggers chronic intense fear and/or helpessness, and is a form of anxiety disorder impairing significantly the individual’s daily life.