Post-traumatic stress disorder will typically start within a three months span, some cases it may not appear for years after the event. There are three types of PTSD: intrusive memories, avoidance and numbing, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal. Intrusive memories include the symptoms of flash backs, you may relive the traumatic event for minutes or even days. You may have upsetting dreams about the event too. The symptoms of avoidance and emotional numbing include the feeling of being numb, avoiding activities you once enjoyed, hopelessness about the future, memory problems, trouble concentrating, and the difficulty maintaining close relationships. The symptoms of anxiety and increased emotional arousal include the irritability of anger, overwhelming guilt or shame, trouble sleeping, being easily startled or frightened, and hearing or seeing things that aren’t there. All of these symptoms may come and go. You may just get post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms when you are stressed and have a reminder of what you went through. Simple things may remind you of an event and give you a flashback. You may feel overcome by memories of your own assault. If you have some of these symptoms, should you go to a doctor?
Most people will have a wide range of feelings and emotions after a traumatic event. This does not mean you have post-traumatic stress disorder. If you still have disturbing thoughts and feelings after a month then you may need to go