Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Help for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. While it is often associated with military veterans who have been in combat, PTSD can come from a range of events. Domestic violence, sexual assault, car accidents, natural disasters, being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, or the sudden death of a loved one are a few other common events that may cause someone to develop PTSD.
Exposure to a traumatic event does not necessarily mean that PTSD will develop. Having a history of mental illness or dealing with additional stress at the same time as the incident can increase the likelihood of getting PTSD. While having emotional support from friends and family can decrease the likelihood of getting PTSD.
PTSD symptoms are typically severe, impact daily life, and last at least one month. Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reliving the traumatic event often accompanied by an increased heart rate or sweating (commonly referred to as “flashbacks”)
- Avoiding people, places, events, or things that remind you of the traumatic event
- Startle easily
- Feeling uneasy or unsafe
- Difficulty remembering the traumatic event
- Feeling guilt or blame for the traumatic event
- Feeling isolated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
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