Someone with PTSD will continue to have difficulty dealing with the trauma long after the event has ended. They may feel intense anxiety, sadness, anger, fear or detachment from people and their surroundings for months to years after the event and often for the rest of their life.
What are the symptoms?
Anxiety in extreme cases agoraphobia
Intrusive thoughts, memories, dreams and flashbacks
Reckless behavior; even what can seem like a complete change in personality/lifestyle
These symptoms can cause other symptoms and health problems. Like many other illnesses, effects vary from person to person in number of symptoms and severity.
What is PTSD like for me?