Mold Avoiders Poll Results: PTSD Symptoms


August 12, 2018

This poll was conducted in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in March 2018. The poll question read:


Being chronically ill and then making an effort to pursue mold avoidance and other healing strategies can be extremely stressful, to the point that possibly that stress could result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in some people. This poll looks at how common symptoms of PTSD with regard to these illness-related stresses are among people in this group. 

This poll lists symptoms that are generally accepted as being related to PTSD. Please mark which ones you have experienced to the point that they have been a moderate or major problem for you since starting mold avoidance. 

If you have yet to start mold avoidance, then please mark which ones you have experienced since becoming chronically ill. 

When the symptoms mention “the traumatic event,” please interpret that to mean your stressful experiences being chronically ill and then pursuing mold avoidance or other healing strategies. 


The purpose of the poll was to determine how common symptoms associated with PTSD were among group members, not to attempt to diagnose any particular group member with PTSD.

A total of 98 group members participated in the poll. Following is the breakdown of the responses.


92% – I experienced feeling detached from family and friends. (88 respondents)

84% – I experienced trouble concentrating. (81 respondents)

83% – I experienced hopelessness about the future. (79 respondents)

79% – I experienced always being on guard for danger. (76 respondents)

76% – I experienced lack of interest in activities I once enjoyed. (73 respondents)

73% – I experienced feeling emotionally numb. (70 respondents)

70% – I experienced difficulties maintaining close personal relationships. (68 respondents)

70% – I experienced negative thoughts about myself, other people, or the world. (67 respondents)

66% – I experienced irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior. (63 respondents)

65% – I experienced trouble sleeping. (62 respondents)

64% – I experienced severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminded me of the traumatic event. (61 respondents)

59% – I experienced being easily startled or frightened. (57 respondents)

57% – I experienced memory problems, including not being able to remember important aspects of the traumatic event. (54 respondents)

56% – I experienced avoiding places, activities or people that reminded me of the traumatic event. (54 respondents)

52% – I had difficulty experiencing positive emotions. (50 respondents)

49% – I experienced overwhelming guilt or shame. (47 respondents)

40% – I experienced recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories of the traumatic event. (38 respondents)

34% – I experienced upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event. (33 respondents)

28% – I experienced trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event. (27 respondents)

23% – I experienced reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks). (22 respondents)

14% – I experienced self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast. (13 respondents)

1% – I have not experienced any of these symptoms. (1 respondent)


A collection of additional poll results can be found on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.


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