Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Katlyn Miller

What is PTSD?

PTSD can develop following a traumatic event that threatens a persons safety or makes a person feel helpless. PTSD causes someone to relive the event in flashbacks.


Causes

Experiencing a traumatic event can cause PTSD to develop.
Examples:

  • War
  • Natural disasters
  • Car or plane crashes
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Childhood neglect



Symptoms

Symptoms include:
  1. Re-experiencing the traumatic event
  2. Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event
  3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal


Treatment

There are different kinds of therapy's and medication that can help relive symptoms of PTSD.