In posttraumatic stress disorder, patients are often easily distracted and make more mistakes than the average, even when they are trying to give their best in what they do. That is because they have deep concentration problems and tend to forget many things. This often leads to many other problems in these patients, such as losing their jobs, getting bad grades in their school or university, having problems to learn new skills, becoming dangerous around sharp tools, and impairing their social and romantic relationships. Difficulty concentrating in PTSD is often associated with intrusive thoughts that continuously appear, such as memories, triggering sounds and other events that may lead the individual to check out without even realizing and stop hearing to what is being said or paying attention to what they are doing.
This symptom is prevalent in PTSD but may be commonplace in many other anxiety-related syndromes as well. Thus, it is essential to be assessed by a professional before reaching to any conclusion or diagnosing yourself. There are certain ways to prevent memory problems and poor concentration in PTSD, and achieving better sleep is one of the most important steps you can take.