Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories:
1. "Reliving" the event, which disturbs day-to-day activity
You might feel guilt about the event (including "survivor guilt"). You might also have some of the following symptoms, which are typical of anxiety, stress, and tension:
There are no tests that can be done to diagnose PTSD. The diagnosis is made based on certain symptoms.
Your doctor may ask for how long you have had symptoms. This will help your doctor know if you have PTSD or a similar condition called Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).
Your doctor may also do mental health exams, physical exams, and blood tests to rule out other illnesses that are similar to PTSD.
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