Changes in physical and emotional reactions: being easily startled or scared, always being alert to danger, self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, irritability, outbursts of anger or aggressive behavior, overwhelming guilt, or shame. They will ask you if you have experienced a traumatic event in the recent or distant past and if you have experienced it again through memories or nightmares. This booklet provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including what it is, who develops it, symptoms, treatment options, and how to find help for yourself or for another person who may have PTSD. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a significant impact on your daily life.
The symptoms of adjustment disorders begin within three months of a stressful event and do not last longer than six months after the stressor or its consequences have ended. Acute stress disorder occurs as a reaction to a traumatic event, just like PTSD, and the symptoms are similar.