PTSD Information

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after traumatic events, such as:
 
  • Violent personal assaults
  • Natural or human-caused disasters
  • Accidents
  • Military combat.
 
In many cases, people with PTSD will repeatedly re-experience the ordeal in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially when they are exposed to events or objects that remind them of the trauma. As a result, they may feel emotionally numb or have depression, anxiety, or an intense sense of guilt. Physical symptoms, such as chest pain, headaches, or gastrointestinal distress, may also develop.
 
(For more information, including how this disorder can be treated, click PTSD.)
 

PTSD Information

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