Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by serious, traumatic or frightening experiences such as an assault, accident or natural disaster.

Overview of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This section provides information about PTSD. How it is diagnosed, possible causes and where to get further information and support.

  • You might develop PTSD after a traumatic experience. These include but are not limited to; violence and war, witnessing an assault, childbirth, being bullied, being involved in a road traffic accident or natural disaster.
  • Symptoms can include having traumatic memories or dreams, avoiding things that remind you of the event, not being able to sleep and feeling anxious. You may feel isolated and withdrawn.
  • Many people have some symptoms of trauma after a traumatic event. But for most people, these go away with time and do not develop into PTSD.
  • PTSD can be treated with therapy.

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