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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Also called: PTSD

Summary

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

Start Here

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (National Center for PTSD)

Diagnosis and Tests

  • (National Center for PTSD)

Treatments and Therapies

  • (Consumers Union of U.S.)
  • (Sidran Institute)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
  • (Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury)

Living With

  • (National Center for PTSD) Also in
  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - PDF

Related Issues

  • (American Migraine Foundation)
  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (National Center for PTSD) Also in
  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (National Center for PTSD) Also in
  • (National Center for PTSD)

Specifics

  • (National Center for PTSD) - PDF
  • (National Center for PTSD) - PDF

Videos and Tutorials

  • Video (National Center for PTSD)
  • Video (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Statistics and Research

  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Find an Expert

  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health

Children

  • (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
  • (Nemours Foundation)
  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (National Center on Family Homelessness) - PDF
  • (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) Also in

Teenagers

  • (Nemours Foundation)

Women

  • (National Center for PTSD)
  • (Postpartum Support International)

Seniors

  • (National Center for PTSD)

Patient Handouts

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