In many adults PTSD has a delayed onset, so that a person begins to experience the symptoms several weeks, months or years after the traumatic event occurred. Post traumatic stress disorder symptoms include: flashbacks or intrusive memories of the traumatic event and are not limited to any particular race, age, or gender.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs after a severe trauma has occurred. The trauma may be a recent event - a car accident, sudden death of a loved one, combat, or illness- or it may be historical, such as an adult who was abused as a child or a person who was raped as a teen who begins having flashbacks of their experience.
When people experience a trauma, it can place them at risk for PTSD. Some people experience trauma and never develop post traumatic stress disorder, while other individuals experience a trauma and begin having symptoms of PTSD immediately.