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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.
PTSD can cause problems like
- Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Feeling alone
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling worried, guilty, or sad
PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.
Treatment may include talk therapy, medicines, or both. Treatment might take 6 to 12 weeks. For some people, it takes longer.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
- Dealing With Trauma: Recovering From Frightening Events (National Institutes of Health) Also in Spanish
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (National Institute of Mental Health) Also in Spanish
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- PTSD Basics (National Center for PTSD)
Treatments and Therapies
- Antipsychotic drugs a last resort for these 5 conditions (ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and PTSD) (Consumers Union of U.S.)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Treatment (Defense Health Agency)
- Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions (National Center for PTSD) Also in Spanish
- PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (National Center for PTSD)
- Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF
- Abuse, Maltreatment and PTSD and Their Relationship to Migraine (American Migraine Foundation)
- Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Patients (National Center for PTSD)
- Common Reactions After Trauma (National Center for PTSD) Also in Spanish
- Disaster Rescue and Response Workers (National Center for PTSD)
- Effects of PTSD on Family (National Center for PTSD) Also in Spanish
- Other Common Problems (National Center for PTSD)
- Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members (National Center for PTSD) - PDF
- Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel (National Center for PTSD) - PDF
Statistics and Research
- How Common Is PTSD? (National Center for PTSD)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Biological Citizenship - A 53-Year-Old Man with Schizoaffective Disorder and PTSD...
- Article: Military Service-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Finding a Way Home.
- Article: Music Therapy With Military Populations: A Scoping Review.
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- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Nemours Foundation)
- Aging Veterans and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (National Center for PTSD)