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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) A Brief Overview

PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after witnessing or experiencing a life-threatening event. These events include combat, sexual assault, physical assault, car accident, natural disasters, terrorists attacks. Natural disasters include flooding, tornadoes, earthquake, and fire. PTSD can also occur after learning about violent or accidental death or injury to a loved one, including child abuse and/or injury. Many times, you don’t have any control over the event. It is not unusual for first responders to suffer PTSD under these circumstances.

After an event, you might have difficulty sleeping, feel on edge and have upsetting memories. It may be difficult to do normal daily activities or spend time around people. This is a normal response. Most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you are still having symptoms, you might have PTSD. Sometimes symptoms start later or even come and go. If symptoms of PTSD are severe or you have been suffering for a few months go to your doctor or mental health provider. People with PTSD may suffer from other mental health disorders as well like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts

PTSD is treatable. Some people’s symptoms disappear completely while others, the symptoms may be greatly reduced. PTSD treatment can turn your life around even if you have been living with symptoms for years.