Cognitive Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)



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As a piece of being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a person needs to experience symptoms in four separate categories beyond just exposure to a traumatic event.

One of these is the experience of cognitive symptoms which are marked changes in a person’s mood or thinking that began or worsened after the traumatic event occurred.

These can look like an inability to remember important aspects of the traumatic event even though a person was conscious and sober.

Experiencing negative beliefs about people or the world around them, such as “The world is always dangerous” or “No one can be trusted.”

Having inaccurate beliefs about the cause or consequences of the traumatic event, such as a person taking the blame for their own sexual assault or feeling guilty for surviving an accident when a friend did not.

Having consistent, negative emotional states, like feeling fear, anger, or guilt throughout the whole day.

Experiencing a significant decrease in participation or interest in normal activities.

Feeling detached or estranged from others, and lastly, a persistent inability to experience any positive emotions, such as happiness or feelings of love towards others.

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