Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By: Erin F.

What Is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the development of symptoms following the exposure of a traumatic event. It is developed due to any kind of extreme stress.It is usually caused by an experience threatened or actual death or serious injury, witnessing a stressful event,or learning of an unexpected or violent death or injury to a close family member or friend.It can also be caused by natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or or military combat.

Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

  • Reliving the traumatic event-having nightmares, flashbacks, or disturbing mental images about the trauma
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma- avoiding people, places, or activities that remind them of the event
  • Emotional numbness
  • Hypervigilnace
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Depression

How It Affects Someone

People who have PTSD will be more aware of their surroundings. They may go into hyper-alert state or have trouble sleeping. They can become very jumpy, on edge, irritable, or tense.

How Is PTSD Diagnosed

PTSD can be diagnosed by


  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Or other types of therapists

How PTSD Is Treated

PTSD is treated by going to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or any other mental health professional.