What is PTSD?


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that people can suffer from if  they have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.

PTSD used to be called “shell shock” during World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. But PTSD does not just happen to those involved in warfare. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of adults in the USA, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are also twice as likely as men to experience PTSD.

People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experience that last long after the event. They can relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares resulting in feelings of sadness, fear or anger. People with PTSD may also avoid situations or people that may remind them of the traumatic event, and they can have negative reactions to factors such as loud noises or an unexpected touch.


What Is PTSD?. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd/what-is-ptsd

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