What is PTSD?

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a clinical condition that may develop in some people following exposure to a traumatic event. PTSD involves three main groups of symptoms:

· Re-experiencing the trauma in the form of intrusive memories, nightmares or flashbacks

· Avoidance of reminders and numbing of emotional responsiveness

· Hyperarousal – feeling jumpy and on edge.

PTSD is very distressing and can lead to serious ongoing problems with social relationships and the ability to work or carry out normal daily activities. PTSD usually requires professional assistance as these problems tend not to resolve by themselves with the passage of time.

Depression, anxiety disorders (such as panic, phobias, and general anxiety) and alcohol or drug disorders may also develop following trauma in some people. These conditions may occur with, or in the absence of, PTSD.


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