What is post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a combination of mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms stemming from a past traumatic event. While individualized treatment can greatly help a person cope with the anxiety, flashbacks, and other symptoms common to the disorder, the condition can become exacerbated at different moments in life.

Our mental health professional team encourages individuals and loved ones affected by PTSD to understand and recognize these moments so faster action can be taken to manage symptoms and ensure people receive timely and appropriate treatment.

PTSD Signs and Symptoms

Like other mental health disorders, PTSD affects people of all ages and backgrounds, and it doesn’t always present in the same way—neither for different people nor for the same person at different times.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, be aware of these common signs of PTSD which could indicate a potential relapse or exacerbation of mental health disorder symptoms:

  • Mood volatility
  • An increased amount of drinking or other types of substance abuse
  • Signs of depression become clearer
  • A sudden lack of desire to participate in activities previously enjoyed, e.g., sports and leisure or therapy
  • Social isolation
  • Decreased energy; doing even typical tasks such as showering feels like a “chore”
  • Generally feeling “stressed out” or overwhelmed

These signs and symptoms can be triggered by a variety of life events, including periods of increased stress or moments that mimic or bring back memories of the trauma which precipitated the PTSD in the first place.


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