Survivors guilt is a particular kind of guilt that develops in people who have survived a life-threatening situation. Some survivors feel guilty that they survived when others died. Others believe they could have done more to save the lives of others. And then there are those who feel guilty that another person died saving them.
Survivor’s guilt is a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The most common psychological symptoms include:
😐 feelings of helplessness,
😐 flashbacks of the traumatic event,
😐 lack of motivation,
😐 mood swings and angry outbursts,
😐 obsessive thoughts about the event,
😐 suicidal thoughts.
Common physical symptoms can include:
😐 appetite changes,
😐 difficulty sleeping,
😐 nausea or stomachache,
😐 racing heart.
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Source: Very Well Mind