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


•Generally, patients with posttraumatic stress disorder are hypervigilant and anxiety ridden, not lethargic or lazy. Common symptoms include inability to sleep, reexperiencing 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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