The results suggest that 28% of the studied paramedics may be potentially diagnosed with PTSD.

PTSD results from experiencing stress of extreme, traumatic intensity. PTSD was also introduced into ICD-10, and typically involves symptoms that can be classified into three groups:

  • intrusion – recurrent images, dreams or memories related to the traumatic experience;
  • avoidance – of places, people or topics related to the traumatic experience, accompanied by a general decrease in activity;
  • arousal – understood as increased psycho-physiological reactivity in the form of attention deficit disorders, circadian rhythm disorders, or increased vigilance.