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PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health condition that develops following direct or indirect exposure to a traumatic event. Most people who experience traumatic events will have some reaction to the event, but in most cases, those reactions can be controlled or begin to significantly fade over time, typically within a few months. In people with PTSD, the reactions associated with their traumatic reaction persist, often for many years or even a lifetime. Although PTSD is most commonly associated with those in the military, it can occur in anyone who has been involved in or witnessed a traumatic event.
PTSD can cause different symptoms in different people, but may include:
flashbacks which may be triggered by a stimulus or may occur without provocation
nightmares and night terrors
severe anxiety or panic attacks
outbursts of anger or other emotions
problems with sleep
severe physical reactions (such as nausea or headaches) to reminders of the traumatic experience
problems concentrating or problems with memory
feeling emotionally “numb”
feelings of hopelessness
feeling always “on the alert” for danger
problems with self-esteem
PTSD symptoms can occur immediately after a traumatic event or they may occur months afterward or even years afterward in some cases. Many people have symptoms that interfere with their ability to work, go to school or form strong interpersonal relationships.
PTSD treatment is focused on helping patients gain control over their stress reactions in order to enable them to participate more fully in life and improve their overall quality of life. Most PTSD treatments rely on a combination of therapy to help defuse triggers and learn new behaviors and responses and medications to help re-balance the brain's chemistry. The success of treatment depends on an individualized approach that's customized for each patient's experiences, responses and other factors.
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