Your experience of PTSD is unique to you. You may be affected differently, even when you have encountered a similar type of trauma to someone else, but generally the specific symptoms of PTSD fall into the categories described below:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that can be caused by witnessing or being involved in a very traumatic, distressing or frightening event. PTSD affects people differently. Many people will relive the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares that leave them feeling on edge, and some will feel guilt or shame or suffer from insomnia, and many sufferers become isolated.
It is common to experience some of the symptoms associated with PTSD after going through a traumatic event. Many people find that their symptoms disappear after a few weeks, but if the symptoms you are experiencing last for longer than a month, a diagnosis of PTSD might be given.