Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD? PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, war, sexual or physical assault, or other life-threatening events. It can also result from long-term exposure to traumatic situations, such as in cases of abuse, neglect, or serving in combat.

Symptoms of PTSD:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event through vivid flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoidance behavior, such as avoiding certain people or places that trigger memories
  • Negative thoughts and feelings, including guilt, shame, and emotional numbness
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms, such as feeling easily irritated, easily startled, and difficulty sleeping

Treatment for PTSD:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Medications, such as antidepressants and beta-blockers

It’s important to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD. PTSD can have a profound effect on daily life, but effective treatments are available.

For more information on PTSD, please consult a mental health professional or visit websites such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


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