What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which can develop following an extremely frightening or traumatic experience such as:

  • Natural disasters
  • War
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Serious accidents
  • Seeing someone die
  • Witnessing violence

PTSD often makes people re-live the event, which causes distress and difficulty in your day-to-day life. Symptoms can be triggered by seeing, hearing or smelling something that reminds you of the trauma.

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