How long does it take for PTSD to set in after a trauma?
Hey there nonny! Caveat: I am not a mental health blog, nor do I play one on the Internet.
My understanding is that post-traumatic symptoms can set in almost immediately, but that to be diagnosed with PTSD specifically the symptoms must last longer than 30 days.
For the diagnostic criteria as of the DSM-V, check here: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/dsm5_criteria_ptsd.asp
For the opinion of someone qualified to talk about PTSD as a disorder, check @scriptshrink .
But to learn from people who’ve actually GOT PTSD, check in with @scripttraumasurvivors , who are frankly pretty freaking good at what they do and have worksheets for traumatized characters that can SERIOUSLY save your bacon.