Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing
a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse
or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after
the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around
PTSD can cause problems like
- Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Feeling alone
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling worried, guilty or sad
PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of
PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue.
Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years
later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.
Medicines can help you feel less afraid and tense. It might take
a few weeks for them to work. Talking to a specially trained doctor
or counselor also helps many people with PTSD. This is called talk
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
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