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Re-experiencing

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Updated July 22, 2009

Definition: Re-experiencing symptoms are a specific cluster of PTSD symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Frequently having upsetting thoughts or memories about a traumatic event.
  • Having recurrent nightmares.
  • Acting or feeling as though the traumatic event were happening again, sometimes called a "flashback."
  • Having very strong feelings of distress when reminded of the traumatic event.
  • Being physically responsive, such as experiencing a surge in your heart rate or sweating, to reminders of the traumatic event.
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