Although they can be serious and concerning, physical, interpersonal, cognitive, and emotional reactions (such as grief, guilt, and anger) are relatively common after traumatic events and may not necessitate consultation with a specialist. Other, more significant symptoms should prompt a psychiatric consultation. These include:
Dissociative symptoms (eg, depersonalization, derealization, fugue, and amnesia)
Severe persistent problematic symptoms (eg, marked depression and hyperarousal, extreme numbness, and lack of self-care)
Exacerbation or reoccurrence of pre-existing psychiatric problems
Intrusive re-experiencing (eg, terrifying memories, flashbacks, and persistent nightmares)
Aggressive or homicidal behavior
In children, aggression, risk-taking, or sexual acting-out
Thoughts, and especially plans, of suicide
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