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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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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

  • Avoidance
    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

Sleep Problems

  • 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

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.

Physical Problems

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