Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that concerns several symptoms, like feeling jittery, sleeping problems, or trouble concentrating, that can occur after anyone of any age or background experiences a harmful, terrifying, or upsetting event.

Signs and Symptoms

PTSD is hard to diagnose through signs alone, as this disorder mostly affects one's emotion, mood, and thoughts

Reliving the Traumatic Event

Someone with PTSD might have chronic nightmares, flashbacks, or disturbing mental images that involve their trauma.

Avoiding Reminders of the Trauma

People with PTSD might try to avoid people, places, or activities that could remind them of their traumatic event(s), even if that thing is normally safe. They might try to avoid talking about the subject, even to a therapist or counselor.

Emotional Numbness

Many of those suffering from PTSD feel detached emotionally towards others, like they can't trust anyone or anything, as a result of that trust being broken by a traumatic event.


PTSD may cause extra anxiety, being easily startled and being on edge, having difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Caused by high levels of stress-causing hormone within the body.

What can cause PTSD?

PTSD occurs when someone's stress response system doesn't trigger normally during an event like:

  • Violent Assault
  • FIres
  • Physical or Sexual Abuse
  • Violent Acts
  • Natural or Man-Made Disasters
  • Car Accidents
  • Military Combat, (Shell Shock)
  • Witnessing another person go through these kinds of traumatic events
  • Being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness

Anything that can be stressful, terrifying, harmful, or upsetting.

How is it diagnosed?

Rather simply, anyone that has had chronic nightmares, mental images, or flashbacks that concern a traumatic event long after that event has happened suffer from PTSD.

How is PTSD treated?

This disorder is treated, usually, by meeting with a therapist or other trained professional and slowing talking about the troubling event at one's own pace, as well as learning techniques to cope with stress and anxiety.

Working through a sufferer's traumatic memories reduces their stress and uncertainty concerning them.