Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death. People with PTSD can feel emotionally numb or struggle with intense feelings of guilt, depression or anxiety. A person may also have trouble remembering the traumatic event.

PTSD can occur at any age, after events such as:

  • Assault
  • Car accidents
  • Domestic abuse
  • Natural disasters
  • Prison stay
  • Sexual assault
  • Terrorism
  • War-related combat exposure

Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These symptoms may present within a month of the trauma or take up to a year to manifest. The severity and duration of the illness varies and symptoms can cause problems with work, social interactions and relationships.

With treatment, trauma survivors can feel safe and live happy and productive lives. Treatments include medications and psychotherapy, either alone or in combination.