PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Other Common Problems
Other Common Problems
PTSD is just one of the possible effects of trauma. People experience a range of reactions following a traumatic event. This section will help you to learn more about other common problems and reactions related to experiencing trauma. For Veterans, also see the VA Mental Health website.
Specific to PTSD Symptoms
Explains emotional and behavioral avoidance and how avoidant coping can get in the way of healing from trauma.
- Reminders of Trauma: Anniversaries
On the anniversary of traumatic events, some people may find that they experience an increase in distressing memories of the event.
Other Reactions to Trauma
- Common Reactions After Trauma | Reacciones Comunes Después de un Trauma
Following exposure to a trauma most people experience stress reactions. Here is a description of the types of common symptoms that can occur. Common problems are also addressed.
- Acute Stress Disorder
Discusses ASD, including who is at risk, how is it treated, and how is it related to PTSD.
- Anger and Trauma
Describes the relationship between trauma and anger and provides treatment strategies for the three manifestations of anger.
- Sleep and PTSD
Learn why people with PTSD may have trouble sleeping and what they can do about it.
- Nightmares and PTSD
Explains what nightmares are, how common they are, how they are related to PTSD, and what effective treatments exist.
Substance Use and Other Mental Health Conditions
- PTSD and Problems with Alcohol Use
Explains the impact of PTSD on alcohol use and dependence.
- PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans
Explains how PTSD is related to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Veterans. Treatment options are presented.
- Depression, Trauma, and PTSD
Explains what depression is, how it is treated, and what you can do about it.
Suicide and Self-Harm
- Self-Harm and Trauma
What is self-harm, how common is it, who engages in self-harm and why, and treatments for self-harming behavior.
- Suicide and PTSD
Learn about the relationship between trauma, PTSD, and suicide.
- Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD
Discusses TBI, its relationship to PTSD, ways to cope, and TBI in Veterans.
- Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Patients
Learn more about chronic pain, how doctors evaluate it, and how is may be related to trauma and PTSD.