Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
What Is It?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a trauma experienced or witnessed by a person. A trauma is a terrifying event that involved death or serious injury, or the threat of death or serious injury. The symptoms (intense fear, helplessness, etc.) persist for over one month, cause significant distress, and cause impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Who Does It Affect?
PTSD can occur at any age. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is notable in veterans suffering from the effects of battle. This anxiety disorder is diagnosed in individuals who have been victims of rape, kidnappings or other crimes; people involved in accidents or people who have witnessed or experienced natural disasters such as tornados or earthquakes.