Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops following a horrible or terrifying event.

PTSD can be triggered by a number of things, such as:

  • War
  • Car accident
  • Rape
  • Child abuse
  • Natural disaster

Life-threatening situations can trigger PTSD. Being a witness to something horrific can trigger it as well.

Reliving the trauma with nightmares and thoughts of the day it happened becomes a problem. Soon you may begin to have sleeping problems, feel detached, or easily frightened.

You may begin to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. You may feel more irritable, fatigued, and/or violent.

Women are more likely to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than men. It can occur at any age, including childhood. There is evidence that PTSD runs in families. Sometimes PTSD does not show up for years after a traumatic experience.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treatable. Medication and therapy are effective treatment options.

Below is a video on PTSD you may find helpful:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

To watch more videos about anxiety visit LWA's anxiety video library.

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