Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Info
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after a terrifying event. People with this illness repeatedly relive the trauma in the form of nightmares and disturbing recollections during the day. First brought to public attention by war veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder can result from any number of traumatic incidents. These include violent attacks, such as:
- Mugging, rape, or torture
- Being kidnapped or held captive
- Child abuse
- Serious accidents, such as car or train wrecks.
Symptoms usually begin within three months of the trauma; some people recover within six months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. Treatment may include psychotherapy and medications.
(For more info, click Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This article takes a closer look at this condition, with details on other traumatic events associated with PTSD, diagnosis, and more.)