Many victims of violent crimes in New York experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition can cause a number of emotional issues and can have a long-term impact on a crime victim’s mental health. The Mayo Clinic offers the following information on PTSD, including how you can get help.
Symptoms of PTSD fall into four different categories. These are physical and emotional reactions, changes in thinking and mood, avoidance, and intrusive memories. For example, a person may have recurring memories of what occurred, also known as flashbacks. This can cause avoidance of any reminders of the traumatic incident, as well as negative thoughts about the future, irritability, self-destructive behavior, and many other changes. Other symptoms of PTSD include problems sleeping, feelings of guilt or shame, problems with interpersonal relationships, feelings of isolation, and decreased interest in your life.