The nurse is caring for a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder. What are some typical symptoms the nurse might expect to see?


• Generally, patients with post-traumatic stress disorder are hyper vigilant and anxiety-ridden, not lethargic or lazy. Common symptoms include an inability to sleep, re-experiencing the traumatic event, anger, and general avoidance of any stimuli relating to the event.

• Posttraumatic stress disorder sometimes occurs when an individual is exposed to a traumatic experience where they feel helpless and horrified.

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