For every 100 people who experience a traumatic event, up to eight of them will go on to develop PTSD, a serious and severe form of panic disorder. The sufferer, when triggered, will experience PTSD symptoms, including a rapid, irrational, all-encompassing fight-or-flight response to the stimuli. The stimuli can be a place, smell, sound, or person that reminds them of the traumatic event.
While most who undergo a traumatic experience will not develop PTSD, there are several risk and resiliency factors that put some at a higher-risk or lower risk of developing this disruptive and debilitating mental health condition.
What Are PTSD Symptoms?
Symptoms are usually triggered by a place, sight, sound, smell, or individual who reminds the PTSD sufferer of the traumatic event.
- Flashbacks, or reliving the event. Can include physical symptoms such as sweating, rapid heart rate, and trouble breathing (fight-or-flight).
- Insomnia, bad dreams, or frightening thoughts
- Avoiding places, people, or things that are reminders of the trauma
- Feeling tense or on edge
- Exaggerated startle response
- Angry outbursts and irritability