PTSD | Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD does not have to control your life. Seek help if you think you should be screened for PTSD. There is no cure for PTSD but people can reduce and manage symptoms with treatment.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health illness triggered by a terrorizing, shocking, or scary event. These events usually can cause panic, anxiety, or fear of danger. People with PTSD can still function but may experience strong reactions to non-threatening situations.
Post-traumatic stress disorder risk factors
It is natural to feel afraid during or after a traumatic experience. Examples of traumatic events that could cause PTSD include:
- Death or near death of loved one
- Natural disasters (such as hurricanes or floods)
- Sexual assault
- Terror attack
PTSD is different for everyone.
People can experience symptoms immediately after their experience, or years later. Patients who experience trauma or a frightening event may have shock and lingering emotions long after the event is over.
They may feel anxiety, nightmares or have flashbacks.There are different types of PTSD symptoms.
Feeling hostile or angry
Feeling overly worried about personal safety
Avoiding certain places, events, or objects
Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to event
Being on edge
Being easily startled
Experiencing angry outbursts
Young children with PTSD may:
Frequently wet the bed
Have trouble speaking or forget how to speak