Symptoms of PTSD in Veterans

Readjusting to life outside of the military is hard enough, without having to cope with a mental disorder. Sadly, for those who suffer from PTSD, it’s a harsh reality with what feels like little escape. 

PTSD doesn’t always happen overnight, although in some circumstances it can. Many veterans don’t report the symptoms of PTSD or even have it diagnosed until years after their service has ended. It’s usually at this point that veterans pursue a VA disability claim, with PTSD being one of the most commonly claimed injuries – worried about having your PTSD rating reduced? Click the link to find out more. 

The symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person, with variables including the kind of trauma you experienced, your current mental state and the severity of the accident. However, there are some reoccurring symptoms that you may be familiar with, check them out below. 

Intrusive and unwanted reminders of the event

Some sufferers report that their flashbacks are so vivid that they feel as though they are experiencing the event all over again. These kinds of intrusive and unwanted reminders can range from intense nightmares and distressing thoughts to panic attacks, palpitations and even a manic and terrified response to what’s happening around you. These events can be triggered by a wide range of things that vary from person to person, these include certain smells, sounds or even something said by someone else that reminds you of the event.

Extreme thoughts of negativity 

Your mood can swing dangerously low whilst suffering from PTSD. And your mood is often regulated by the thoughts of extreme negativity that you can’t escape from. You may struggle to feel any kind of positive emotion, or you may have survivors guilt – another common symptom in veterans and those who have survived abuse. You may feel constant shame or anger that these events happened to you.

You’re always on “high alert”

The fear of experiencing a flashback or the idea that the trauma could occur again can leave sufferers of PTSD always on high alert, jumpy or constantly irritated. You may experience trouble concentrating on the smallest of tasks as well as being hypervigilant. 


If you experienced a traumatic event in a public place, you may go to extreme lengths to avoid revisiting the area. You may shy away from people who remind you of your traumatic event and withdrawal from social events out of fear and discomfort. 

Remember, if you think you’re showing signs of PTSD, speak with your doctor as soon as possible.


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