Event 4: Psychological Evaluation

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Head and shoulders shot of Peter James, a middle-aged man with a long beard and hair.
Peter James

Overall Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

According to Peter James, “I think about my situation and I get depressed. But at the same time I feel like I need to do something, like there’s a something I forgot to do, or I have to do something and I can’t remember what it is. Anxiety creeps in and I can get panic attacks. Then I sometimes hide from everyone in the restroom.”

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms During the Day

According to Peter James, “I don’t startle as easily because of certain noises during the day any more. Id o still get anxiety that can be triggered by many things, like smells. I don’t watch the news, and I have to be careful about what movies I watch to avoid triggering bad memories.”


Length of Time to Fall Asleep

According to Peter James, “I frequently have trouble falling asleep. I t can take an hour or two sometimes. If I do fall asleep quickly, the dream sequence starts but turns into nightmares, and I’m wide awake again.”

Amount of Sleep Per Night

According to Peter James, “I only get between two and six hours of sleep every night.”


According to Peter James, “I have more than nightmares; I have night terrors. I’ll wake up in a cold sweat after I have one. They happen several times a week, so I deal with it frequently.”

Other Issues Involving Sleep

According to Peter James, “My mind races at night. It might be about anything I need to do for the next day. Sometimes I can’t stop thinking about things I may or may not have done in the last couple days. Remembering to pay bills is difficult. I worry about forgetting to pay a bill and I get anxious when I’m trying to sleep.”

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