Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and potentially incapacitating condition that can occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. Some examples of these traumatic events include:

  • Natural disaster
  • War
  • Serious accident
  • Terrorist incident
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Violent personal assault such as rape

Most individuals who experience these situations recover from them; however, individuals with PTSD continue to be severely affected by depression and anxiety for months or even years following the event.

Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Flashbacks; reliving the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, or activities, or people that remind you of the traumatic event
  • Hopeless thoughts about the future
  • Nightmares about traumatic events
  • Trouble sleeping and concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts and aggressive behavior

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